TOWN OF LISBON – Former Silver Spring Intermediate School Principal Mark Peperkorn’s resignation was connected to an incident where he allegedly read a finger puppet parody book titled the “Little Penis” to staff members and the superintendent, according to documents obtained by The Freeman via an open records request.
The open records request revealed that Peperkorn, who was the principal of Pilgrim Park Middle School, was at a meeting when he read aloud a book he had previously confiscated from a student.
Peperkorn took a position as principal at Silver Spring Intermediate School in the Hamilton School District and would have started July 1, but he resigned June 14.
A letter addressed to PPMS families states that he had accelerated his resignation in Elmbrook to May 31 due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
One staff member said the following: “He probably felt comfortable with his staff but in this day and age it is not okay. He has been well-respected in his former district and interviewed very well with us, so I hate someone’s complete career (to) go down the drain for reading a book. If he were to stay on, I would welcome and support him professionally.”
One staff member said Peperkorn had a box full of confiscated items that he shared with staff members during the meeting. As he pulled items out of the box, Peperkorn named whom the items belonged to, according to a redacted interview with a staff member.
Another staff member said the reading of the book wasn’t as offensive as Peperkorn stating the names of students whom the items belonged to as he removed them from a box in front of staff.
“However, mentioning students real names and their middle school misgivings was much more offensive. One of those students was one of my former special education students, so hurtful. I am also very good friends with another one of the other student’s parents mentioned in your precised jokes, so unprofessional.”
Sounds like a school full of teachers and administrators afraid to punish, discipline, and shame students for bad behavior.
I find the teacher attitudes are the most offensive thing in this story.
I know you’re all about the science, Kev, so I bet you have a bucketful of peer-reviewed studies to show the benefits of your suggested approach.
It is self evident, but since you aksed:
Providing a 19 year-old opinion piece that cites 50 year-old SC cases is hardly “self evident”. But then your version of evidence has been at odds with reality for a long time. Surely you must have more relevant data in your bucketful of peer reviewed scientifically conducted studies.
Just showing how long this issue has been brewing in public schools and how much worse it has got in last 19 years…as evidenced above in article posted by Owen.
I understand you cannot see problems, evil, and bad behavior, and even if you can, you are loathe to correct it… let the adults deal with the real issues.
I see evil just fine. And I make an effort to correct things I find evil, illegal, or abhorrent. That’s why I respond to you, trying to point you down a better path.
And to quote one of my favorite LE instructors, “If you don’t correct, you condone”. Words to live by.
Arguing that ‘old’ studies are no longer relevant kinda puts ‘old’ people like you at risk, no?
What was right 20 years ago remains right; what was wrong then remains wrong. We keep trying to correct you so we are not accused of condoning you, or your behavior.
See? We’re the Good Guys.
“What was right 20 years ago remains right; what was wrong then remains wrong”. So advances in technology, science, medicine, politics are all wrong and we should revert to stuff 20 years out of date, right? I thought you were smarter than that. Guess I was wrong. Live and learn.
Let me guess: If we keep digging at what they really want, Dad29 and Kevin want teachers and principals to yell and spank and hit.
Behind closed doors, probably. What could go wrong?
Oh, I guess that article didn’t really consider what did go wrong. It was probably just a few bad seeds, boys being boys, a few rotten apples. Respect the authority of the rest!
Or we can ask Dad29 and Kevin which t-shirts they’d ban, and which they wouldn’t. Let me guess: School uniforms because Freedom!
You forgot “locker room talk”.
Are you saying public school officials should punish locker room talk?
So you agree with me after all…on discipline.
Nope, didn’t say that. But your silence on trumps “locker room talk” says a lot about your attitudes toward women and your inherent misogyny. Not very christian of you.
So is locker room talk bad and need to be disciplined, or not?
So school kids do not need to be disciplined for “locker room talk”?
Are you being willfully ignorant, or are you truly incapable of comprehending the written word? Again I’ll refer you to the local tech school. They surely have some remedial reading classes that would be of value to you. It is never too late to increase your knowledge.
I am not convinced the teachers and administrators would punish locker room talk in this story….are you?
Punish. Tell me how the principal should punish, and because of what sort of words, Kevin.
Pretend it is Trump in middle school, what punishment would you dole out?
With this staff in story above…I see slap on wrist at worst.
First you’d need to assume that Trump did anything wrong. Just locker room talk. The big old white man in authority who decides the school discipline decided that he should just talk to him behind the scenes and it’s all straightened out and you should just get back to your job and keep your head down and there’s no need to talk to anyone about this and hey did you see the game on Sunday what a contest, amiright back-slap.
Of course locker room talk is wrong, especially if it is middle schoolers saying it.
I find it funny that it is an executable offense for liberals when Trump does it, but I suggest punishment for middle schoolers that do it…and you softy lefties go crazy at such a suggestion of punishing children for behaving badly.
Double standard you have there.
Seriously, which liberal said “execute” Trump because of his words?
But go ahead, tell me what kind of punishment fits an imagined crime.