April 07, 2006

Déjà Vu

I thought this story sounded familiar--Fla. teacher accused of taking bribes

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — A second middle school teacher was arrested for allegedly letting students skip gym class if they paid $1 each day.

Tamara B. Tootle, 39, turned herself in Thursday and faces six counts of bribery, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities said she told students at Ernest Ward Middle School during the 2004-05 school year that they didn't have to dress for her physical education class but would still receive a 100 percent for participation for a bribe. [...]

Why, that sounds just like...yep, sure enough:

Escambia County School District spokesman Ronnie Arnold said investigators learned about Tootle's activities from Terence Braxton, a former teacher at the same school who was arrested in February on bribery charges. [...]

As I said about Braxton, I'll say about Tootle--you have to be pretty low to shake down kids.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 7, 2006 11:54 AM

But they are so darn gullible. You get your average adult and they wouldn't pay a dollar to skip gym class, work yes, gym class No!

Posted by: Larry Anderson at April 7, 2006 12:20 PM

Adults have the dubious distinction of actually wanting to PAY someone to go work out.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 7, 2006 12:33 PM

People actually PAY to work out? I was hoping for to be paid for doing it.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at April 7, 2006 12:42 PM

It is a very strange world.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 7, 2006 12:45 PM

Where's the "rrowwll"?

Posted by: Byron Todd at April 7, 2006 01:27 PM

Hmmm, that "rrowwll" got attached to the wrong post... Hehe.

Posted by: Byron Todd at April 7, 2006 01:28 PM

Let's hope so--I have a feeling Ms. Tootle isn't the least bit worthy.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 7, 2006 01:44 PM

Reference the "rrowwll" above, I had no idea Toni Tennile was an Auburn person. How about the Captain?

Posted by: Larry Anderson at April 7, 2006 01:51 PM

Heh--weirder and weirder. I think Byron might have been talking about Miss Moss, not Miss Tennille, but be that as it may, the official Captain and Tennille website records their meeting thusly: "[...] When Daryl Dragon, part-time Beach Boy and son of Oscar-winning orchestra arranger/ conductor Carmen Dragon, met Toni Tennille, budding composer and daughter of Big Band era singer, Frank Tennille, it was a fateful event that would shape their entire future. They first met in 1971, in the lobby of a theater in San Francisco where a musical play, called MOTHER EARTH, that Toni had written with Ron Thronson,(a local playwrite-director in Orange County, CA), was playing. She was looking for a keyboard player for the show, and Daryl (nicknamed "Captain Keyboard" due to his penchant for wearing a skipper’s cap) applied for the job in person while on a break from touring with the Beach Boys. It was partnership at first sight, as Toni took a quick liking to Daryl and hired him on the spot. When the show closed a couple of months later, Daryl returned the favor, asking Toni to join the Beach Boys as their only female member. [...]" Mr. Dragon attended Cal State-Northridge but did not graduate.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 7, 2006 02:03 PM