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Just When You Thought You Couldn’t Be Prouder of Detroit…

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By Doug Powers  •  June 19, 2010 09:06 AM

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

You might remember Detroit School Board President Otis Mathis as the one with a severe problem with literacy (see: Detroyt Skool Bored Prezzident cant reed, rite or spel goode), but it never occurred to me to think that the reason Mathis’ emails were misspelled so badly might have been because he was typing with one hand:

DPS police were investigating allegations by schools Superintendent Teresa Gueyser that during a meeting at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Mathis touched himself for 20 minutes, then unzipped his pants.

Gueyser, in a memorandum to the board, said she ended the meeting.

“I told him that there was no reason for us to continue the meeting with that behavior,” she said.

Gueyser said the incident was the culmination of a long history of inappropriate behavior.

“This situation is now untenable and intolerable,” she said.

Mathis resigned following the incident, effective immediately. In his resignation letter, he cited health issues as the reason for his resignation. However, he is seeking to rescind his resignation.

Naturally, the “medical issues” fallback is in play:

He said medical issues may have contributed to the incident. “I need to pursue treatment … I want to make sure what happened doesn’t ever happen again.”

So if Mathis gets treatment and is allowed to have his job back, it’s entirely possible he’ll have a “cone of shame” on his pants to prevent him from doing that again. Say nothing, act casual.

On the upside, a glance at Mathis’ resignation letter (PDF) is evidence that he was at least smart enough this time to get somebody to proofread for him.

The complaint against Mathis is here (PDF), and it’s “Joycelyn Elders approved!”

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers

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