Clayton teacher faces firing over gay threats

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imageIf you’re a teacher, putting a hit on a student–allegedly–that you suspect is gay isn’t the path to upward mobility in Clayton County education circles.

Randolph Forde, a special education teacher at Clayton’s Mundy’s Mill High School, is already facing prosecution for threatening a 16-year-old student he suspected of being gay and then offering another student $50 to put a hit on him.

On Tuesday, school board lawyers asked a three-judge panel to fire Forde during an administrative hearing.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Randolph Forde, a 33-year-old special education teacher at Clayton’s Mundy’s Mill High School is facing prosecution for making terroristic threats against the 16-year-old after the teacher and student clashed in September and October.

The teen testified that in their first run-in Forde twice asked him if he was gay.

“I was really offended,” the teen testified. “… was really uncomfortable.”

Clayton School Superintendent Edmond T. Heatley told the tribunal that he reviewed various staff reports and believes Forde should be fired, saying “educators have a higher responsibility than most.”

Forde’s defense? He didn’t really mean it, says his attorney.

The hearing continues Friday.

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