Lake Station teacher on leave
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/648-3154 March 20, 2013 8:54PM
Updated: April 22, 2013 12:13PM
LAKE STATION — The teacher who left a threatening message to students on his classroom blackboard isn’t likely to return to the classroom.
Jeff Kincaid has been placed on paid administrative leave and is expected to retire.
The Lake Station School Board approved the administrative leave for the Edison High business teacher at Wednesday’s meeting.
Kincaid did not attend the meeting, but several supporters were there.
School Board member James Vanderlin, who is Kincaid’s father-in-law, did not attend the meeting.
Superintendent Dan DeHaven said earlier he did not believe Kincaid would return to the classroom and expected him to submit a letter of retirement.
Kincaid has taught business and coached in Lake Station for 28 years.
Board member Greg Tenorio said a final decision had not been made.
“I thank you for coming. I know he has a lot of support,” he said.
Former substitute teacher Nick Novakakovich defended Kincaid, saying some students at the high school show poor character.
“Jeff Kincaid is one of five teachers who chose to live here. He was reacting to the behavior to the substitute teacher. How do you get the attention of jerks?” Novakakovich said. “You talk tough.”
DeHaven said Lake Station police were still reviewing the incident and have not forwarded the case to the Lake County prosecutor’s office.
The incident happened March 1 when Kincaid returned to school after taking a few days off.
He found out one of his students in a sixth-period class cursed at a substitute teacher.
Kincaid, a former football coach, wrote a blackboard message to students in that class, along with other assignments: “You are idiots,” “The guns are loaded,” and “Care to try me?”
A student took a photo of the message with his cell phone and posted it on Facebook.
After the incident, DeHaven said he believed Kincaid overreacted and showed poor judgment.
Kincaid told DeHaven he was sorry for his actions.
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