Teachers resign after administrators find racy eMails

Two North Texas high school teachers have resigned after administrators found out they had written hundreds of racy eMails on the district’s computer system.

Joe Guttery, who taught social studies at Carroll Senior High School, and Jon Fisher, a speech teacher and advisor to the junior varsity drill team at Carroll High School, resigned April 4 for personal reasons, district records show.

District officials said they could not comment on the teachers’ departure. But sources familiar with the incident told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for an April 23 story that the resignations were linked to their misuse of the district’s computer system.

According to about 400 pages of eMail messages obtained by the newspaper under the Texas Public Information Act, Guttery and Fisher wrote and received messages between January and March that commented on students’ physiques, used obscenities, and described sexual encounters.

The newspaper could not reach Fisher and Guttery for comment after leaving messages at area phone numbers registered under their names.

District officials began investigating after one of the teachers accidentally sent an eMail message to an unintended recipient who reported it, the sources said.

“We had no idea we were going to find all of this,” said Derek Citty, Carroll’s chief personnel officer. “Neither one of them ever deleted anything.”

Guttery had been a Carroll teacher since August 2002. He previously taught in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford district. Fisher joined the district in August 2004 after serving as director of the Round Rock drill team.

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