A Toledo teacher was fired for wearing a bulletproof vest to school.
Brady Hineline, 39, had donned the vest ”for the purpose of surviving the rest of the school year,” according to Ohio Department of Education records. Hineline did not respond to messages left at his home or with his lawyer today.
Wearing a bulletproof vest to school was not the only reason Hineline was fired.
In fall 2010, he used what a Department of Education hearing officer described as “inappropriate language” to discipline a student:
“If you want to act like a punk or you want to act like a thug, you do [it] on the street. Don’t bring it in my classroom. Don’t bring it into our school.”
Hineline also swore within the hearing of other staff and of students and used excessive force to break up a fight, according to Department of Education records.
Hineline worked at Glass City Academy, a dropout recovery charter school in Toledo. The school serves students who dropped out of traditional schools. The state Board of Education is scheduled next week to revoke his license for three months, until January 2013.
A Department of Education hearing officer wrote Hineline should not be punished too severely because he was working in a “sometimes hostile” environment and had not been trained to do things like break up fights. Those duties should have been the responsibility of a trained, licensed law enforcement officer, the hearing officer wrote.
Still, it was the bulletproof vest that got Hineline fired.
The vest was the last straw, the hearing officer wrote.
“If the Respondent [Hineline] perceived himself to have been in harms way, he should have resigned.”