After appealing his termination just days earlier, the Wando High School teacher fired for showing students sexually-explicit video clips tendered his resignation this week.
Christopher Poston wrote in a letter to Charleston County School District Superintendent Nancy McGinley, dated Monday, that Tuesday would be his final work day. The 36-year-old sociology teacher showed a snippet of the R-rated movie “Jackass Number 2” to his class Feb. 14.
School district officials fired him about two weeks later. Supporters launched a petition that garnered more than 1,600 signatures almost immediately.
Poston’s attorney requested a public hearing, saying in a letter that Poston anticipated that “Jackass Number 2” would be of value to his sociology students “as one of the primary topics then being studied in his class was ‘societal norms’ and ‘expectations of conduct.’”
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With his letter dated Tuesday, Poston thanked McGinley for the opportunity to teach in Charleston County and said he had regrets from showing the clips a few weeks ago.
“My resignation is tendered, in part, to protect my family and the students who have expressed such kind words about me after this event, students that may be harmed by their continued support of me,” Poston wrote.
Poston said he remains confident that he helped students over the years and, at times, “helped them become more responsible and engaged citizens.”