Lake Station teacher retires under cloud after blackboard comments

2013-04-19T20:11:00Z 2013-04-20T23:36:07Z Lake Station teacher retires under cloud after blackboard commentsSusan Brown, (219) 662-5325

CROWN POINT | Charges against a Lake Station teacher remained under review by Lake County prosecutors Friday, two days after the Lake Station Community School board accepted the veteran teacher's letter of retirement

It remained unknown Friday what type of charges prosecutors are considering against Jeff Kincaid, a business teacher at Edison High School.

During the investigation into allegations against Kincaid, similar reports surfaced regarding gun-related comments by three other Lake Station educators who were not identified.

Police reported their findings to prosecutors in late March. 

Schools Superintendent Dan DeHaven confirmed the school board accepted Kincaid's decision to retire at the board's meeting Wednesday.

DeHaven said Kincaid would remain on administrative leave until the end of the year at which time he will begin his retirement.

Kincaid could not be reached for immediate comment Friday.

Kincaid was placed on administrative leave March 1 after the board learned of reports Kincaid had "threatened" students with comments written on a blackboard.

Posted on Facebook by a student, the comments read in part, "Period G (only). A. You are idiots!!! B. The guns are loaded!!! C. Care to try me???"

School Board member Karen Curtis said Friday the board had tried to handle the situation, but the story soon went "viral" with media attention.

Since then, Curtis said former students of Kincaid and members of the business community have come to Kincaid's defense.

Students told the board how their lives had been changed for the better by Kincaid, she said. Business owners and professionals reported how impressed they were with the faculty at the high school.

"People said how they thought it had been 'blown out of proportion,'  " Curtis said.

However, Curtis said female students in particular reported they had been frightened by the mention of guns, she said.

Yet others reported comments like "the guns are loaded" are common talk on the football field, she said. Kincaid had coached for 28 years in Lake Station.

But such comments don't translate to the classroom, media or social media in today's climate, she said.

"This was a set of circumstances that proved detrimental to a friend of mine," she said of Kincaid.

Curtis said she was confident Kincaid's strong business acumen would come to his aid in finding another job.

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