An embattled social studies teacher at Hurricane High School has been suspended for 10 days without pay after he withdrew his resignation Monday.
Christian St. John said he was forced to resign or be fired after two incidents in his classroom this year in which he used inappropriate language in front of students. County officials would not comment on the matter, and St. John said they have not told him why he was to be fired.
In a statement emailed to the media Tuesday, St. John described several other disciplinary incidents going back to 2009.
"I have done a number of things (for) which I have been repeatedly reprimanded," he said.
"In 2011, I was reprimanded for using cartoon video instructions from the Gillette.com site, because of their lewd nature, it would even been later suggested that they were pornographic," St. John said in the statement.
That incident occurred in his senior-level sociology class during a discussion about cultural norms regarding masculinity, according to the statement.
In 2010, according to the statement, he was disciplined for mounting his data projector to the ceiling, along with the one in the classroom where his wife teaches at Hurricane High.
During that incident, he asked parents of his students to send letters to members of the Board of Education on his behalf, and he said he was told not to "solicit comments from parents regarding personal issues" and "maintain a professional distance from both students and parents," according to the statement.
In 2009 he was suspended for two days without pay, according to the statement, for "allowing students to finish their breakfast during my first block class."