1. All quotes from Don Bartch are not true as he has not given any interviews.
2. Don Bartch did not organize, plan, authorize, or have any knowledge of the fake gun attack until it was in process.
3. He decided not to let the teacher who concocgted this plan not hang out to dry. Bascially, he is standing in front of a bullet (media) for the teacher.
4. In short, he is taking one for the team on a national stage.
THAT is the Don Bartch I know.
Everyone wants to take Don Bartch to the woodshed. He's the assistant principal who, along with another teacher, took a group of 6th graders on a trip to Fall Creek Falls. They staged a fake attack by a gunman. The way this story is being reported makes these guys sound like montsters. Bartch, I know, is not a monster.
I know this guy personally and I can tell you beyond the shadow of a doubt that he is a man of integrity and honor. I think that the fact that one of the kids who experienced this situation said the following is testimony to the fact that he is a decent guy.
Student Shay Morris said, "If (the assistant principal) loses his job, I will break into tears. He's the best assistant principal I've ever had."
It comes as no surprise to me that a student would say this about Don. I am quite sure that most of the students who have come into contact with him would say the same. It is almost impossible not to like this guy.
If you are the kind of person who wants to waylay people reported in the news, here's your chance, so I guess you can go ahead. But you need to understand that you are taking out your rage on one of the best people I know.