As reported on Napa Patch last week, a former teacher at American Canyon Middle School, who is still on the coaching staff at , was recently suspended from his job as athletic director for the West Contra Costa County Unified School District, according to multiple media reports.
Warning: Clicking on the following headline will lead to a report that contains links to articles including graphic details about the offensive messages: .
The East Bay Express reported May 2 that Matt Stewart "was caught forwarding numerous racist, misogynistic, and pornographic emails to fellow employees" in West Contra Costa County.
The weekly describes Stewart's current district as "one of the most diverse school districts in the country — more than 85 percent of its students identify as racial minorities" (the full article is available from the link above, with warning).
The emails reportedly included graphic images of sexual organs, comparisons of Barack and Michelle Obama to apes, explicit sex language and copious amounts of profanity.
While extreme, Stewart's case is not unique: How many people reading this have been spared the experience of opening an email from a colleague or acquaintance, to discover the message contained something at best unsavory, at worst X-rated?
In this Dixon Dialogue, we ask what you do when this happens.
Do you delete? Blacklist the sender? Blow the whistle, as somebody apparently did when Stewart's emails became too annoying to ignore?
Let us know!