|Creator we see and all that we feel according to 6th grade teacher Darwin Scopes|
Charlize Jennings Bryan, the president of the board, told the Pummelo “The decision has been made to accept the referee’s recommendation to terminate the employment of Mr. Scopes ... It was not an easy decision. We don’t believe there are any winners or losers in this situation. It is a very difficult situation for everyone. We are glad it has been resolved. Hopefully we can put this behind us, the community can begin to come together again and relationships can heal and we can move forward.” Mediator Darrow Raulston added, “Mr. Scopes, by law, may file an appeal with the Rhea County Court.” Scopes expressed his disappointment in the board's decision but not indicating whether he would appeal.
“I am no different than our pirate forefathers, I have been persecuted so I will go to a strip bar and honor our Lord by drinking heavily, there is no point in fighting further FSM will provide all the manicotti I need.”
The mediators report on the board's decision emphasized the remarkable length and cost of the hearings — “among the most costly and lengthy that state auditors can recall,” said Raulston. “Allowing teachers on the verge of termination to have a hearing ‘protects teachers,’ and also discourages districts from keeping rogue teachers in their positions,” explained Raulston. “It's sad that Scopes couldn’t have just made some lasagna for the class and left it all well enough alone.”