- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 3, 2006

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban school superintendent says he was only trying to be funny when he took videotaped interviews with his new teachers, spliced in his own gag questions and made the faculty members look like killers, strippers and drug users.

Now he could lose his job.

“How do you like to unwind?” Bremen High School District Superintendent Richard Mitchell asks in the mock documentary that he later posted on the Internet. The tape cuts to a teacher who replies: “I enjoy a lot of leisure activities.”

“Such as?” Mr. Mitchell asks.

“Killing,” the teacher says.

Mr. Mitchell asks another teacher: “What were the results of the last drug test that you took?”

The reply: “It was positive.”

School board President Evelyn Gleason said that Mr. Mitchell could be fired over the stunt, but that the seven-member board will first have to conduct an investigation.

Mr. Mitchell first aired the video for a back-to-school staff seminar on Aug. 24. About 500 faculty and staff members from the district’s four high schools were there for a discussion about how to inject humor and laughter in the workplace.


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