The story has a Miami dateline, but it actually happened in a rural part of Florida’s panhandle — an area that is culturally more Alabama than anything else. It seems that Ernest Ward Middle School gym teacher Terence Braxton is alleged to have let kids cut gym for $1/day,
Fla. Teacher Charged as Children Pay to Cut Gym: Braxton allowed kids to skip his class if they paid him $1 a day, according to charges filed by authorities in Escambia County, Fla. They say he may have racked up more than $1,000 over three months.
The 28-year-old teacher has been charged with six felony counts of bribery and turned himself in on Thursday at a Pensacola jail. He was released on his own recognizance.
“The basketball team had lost every game for five years,” Principal Nancy Gindl-Perry said. “This year, we only lost two games, and they were only by two points. He had a very good rapport with the kids.”
Suspicions about Braxton arose during a parent-teacher conference, when the teacher known as “Coach Braxton” and a student differed on attendance records.
“Coach said he’d missed four or five classes,” Gindl-Perry recalled. “Well, the look on the child’s face. Then the mother said, ‘You told your dad and I you only missed one.'”
For some reason it reminds me of the old Woody Allen line: “Those who can’t do, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach gym. Those who can’t teach gym, teach here.”