Panama City-- Bay County school board members followed Superintendent Bill Husfelt’s recommendation Tuesday afternoon, firing a Bozeman teacher accused of marijuana possession.
The board terminated Bozeman girl’s soccer coach, Daryl Shumate in connection with his arrest on campus earlier this month. Bay County sheriff’s deputies found the drugs in Shumate’s car during a routine drug sweep of the school parking lot.
He’s facing a charge of possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana. The board suspended Shumate without pay after his arrest. Husfelt says he considered several factors for firing Shumate. The biggest was this was not his first offense.
Washington County authorities arrested Shumate in 2003 for marijuana possession of less than 20 grams as well as drug paraphernalia. The state education practices commission reprimanded Shumate after that incident.
"If we're going to tell kids you can't have it at school or we're going to suspend you out of school for that and if you do it a second time you're going to get kicked out of school. What kind of message would we be sending to the students if we don't do the same thing to teachers," said Husfelt.
Shumate has 21 days to appeal the boards decision.