MISSION, KAN - A Shawnee Mission School District teacher who was fired for using sexual banter in class says that he has been unjustly targeted and treated unfairly, and he says that he's going to fight to get his job back.
Former Mission Valley Middle School science teacher Ryan Haraughty says that he can't believe that he has been fired.
"In my opinion, there is an abuse of power there," said Haraughty.
Haraughty says that the charges that led to his dismissal are based on a single incident, when he drew a map of the United States to help explain how the jet stream works.
"I drew Florida out of proportion," said Haraughty. "The kids jump all over stuff like that, 'Oh Mr. Haraughty, Florida is all wrong. OK, whatever, not thinking, I said, 'Florida got excited.' And right after, I'm thinking, you know, but I decided I'm not going to dwell on it."
But one parent did dwell on the incident, and complained to the school. And now Haraughty is out of a job and his students left without a teacher.