Fast Times at Granite City High


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Sex, booze, sexting, private dicks, extra-special special education, and a girls volleyball coach gone bad: It's not even winter break and already it's been a banner year for Granite City High School

The Belleville News-Democrat did a nice bit of muckraking for this morning's edition, running down all the unfortunate misfortunes to strike the Illinois steel town's institution of higher learning.

Combined, the incidents sounds like the plot for a bad teen flick:
A truancy officer gets canned for sending sexually inappropriate electronic messages.

A girls volleyball coach may be fired for getting drunk at an out-of-town tournament with students.

A teacher's aide is on leave with pay while the district continues to investigate her conduct while attending a party with underage students where alcohol was served.

A high school vice principal is under investigation by a private detective agency hired by the school board while he, too, remains on paid leave.

A special education teacher quit in October after denying she had an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old student.

And all this stuff is happening at once, said Granite City School District Superintendent Harry Briggs.

"It's unprecedented. It really is. It's something that I've never encountered," Briggs said. "And it seems like everything has just come together all at one time ... I'm hopeful to get to Christmas and not have any more incidents."
Read the BND's whole story by clicking here, In the meantime...'s hoping the school's second semester plays out like Dazed and Confused, by far the best High School comedy ever filmed (with apologies to John Hughes).

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