SHEBOYGAN — A teacher at Farnsworth Middle School was suspended over remarks he allegedly made toward male students.
The letter, which was obtained by MySheboygan.com via an Open Records Request, is from April 2017 and details allegations that Ron Chase, a former eighth grade teacher at Farnsworth Middle School had insinuated a student was “gay” and was allegedly referring to male students as “boyfriends” of each other.
Chase was suspended for two days last April without pay according to the letter signed by Principal Todd DeBruin. “During class, a student was being non-compliant and after you attempted to address the student, he walked out,” DeBruin wrote in the letter. “As the student was leaving, you expressed in front of the class that he should enjoy his time in jail.”
DeBruin and Andrea Holschbach, the school district’s Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Administrative Services, met with Chase regarding the incident. During the meeting, it was agreed that the teacher had made a poor decision. Upon investigating further, DeBruin learned from other students that Chase had made comments at various times over two weeks in April which they described as “gay” directed at students. The examples shared were, according to the letter, referring to boys as “boyfriends” of each other. Chase could not “recall making these statements,” according to DeBruin’s letter.
“I am concerned that multiple students would have the perception that such comments are being made or insinuated,” stated DeBruin. “As a result of this incident, you will be suspended without pay on Thursday, April 27th and Friday, April 28th.”
The letter ends with, “Students will make poor choices in their interactions at times. It is imperative that you respond to situations in a professional and calm manner. If you need assistance for a situation please contact the office directly for support.”
Chase resigned from the Sheboygan Area School District effective June 9, 2017.