Wando teacher on leave after 'Jackass' incident resigns

Christopher Poston (WCIV)

By Brian

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A teacher at Wando High School on leave after showing students Jackass 2 during a class has resigned.

Charleston County School District spokesman Jason Sakran said the district was informed of Christopher Poston's resignation Thursday morning.

"I assume it is effective immediately," Sakran said.

The letter, dated for March 13, originally said Poston's resignation would be effective immediately. A note written in pen on the letter crosses out the word "immediately" and replaces it with the date March 20, 2012. The note is accompanied by Poston's initials.

Poston's letter, addressed to CCSD Superintendent Dr. Nancy J. McGinley and district attorney John Emerson, describes the teacher's actions as an attempt to protect his family and students.

On Wednesday, February 9, school officials recommended Poston for termination. He had 15 days to appeal the recommendation. A week later, Wednesday, March 8, he did just that. The appeal shares detail of the incident -- detail Poston's attorney argues is in several ways different from the story told by district administrators.

When Poston dropped off his appeal at the district office a week ago, he said he never meant to cause trouble.

"I just want to apologize to Mr. Wagner's class and everybody that thought I harmed anybody. I didn't mean any harm." Poston said.

Poston was working as a substitute in Arnold Wagner's Latin class. The 36-year-old teacher's appeal argues he was watching Jackass 2 on his laptop when students asked him what he was doing. Poston and his attorney argue he attempted to use clips from the movie to explain Poston's area of focus as a teacher -- sociology.{}

"Although I have regrets concerning my showing of that film several weeks ago, I remain confident that what I did in the classroom over the years truly helped students and young adults with their educational experience and on some occasions, I believed I helped them become more responsible and engaged citizens," Poston wrote in his resignation letter. "There can never be a doubt that I truly cared and do care, about my students.

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