11 Months Into 22-Year Jail Sentence, Teacher Fired

It's not clear why Goran Logan wasn't terminated earlier
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2015 12:18 PM CST

(Newser) – You'd think that getting convicted of kidnapping and burglary would get you fired from your teaching job. But in the case of 43-year-old New Yorker Goran Logan, he wasn't officially fired from his position at Palisade Preparatory School until 11 months into his 22-year prison sentence for the aforementioned crimes, the Journal News reports. In May 2013, Logan went to a Manhattan apartment, armed with a loaded gun and knives, and held a man and two females hostage there for eight hours. He eventually ordered one of the females to leave the apartment with him, at gunpoint; she was later found outside his own home. He was eventually convicted of three felonies: second-degree kidnapping and first- and second-degree burglary; he was sentenced in January and has been serving time at the Clinton Correctional Facility.

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Yet a Yonkers schools rep failed to respond to repeated questions about his employment status, and the city's Board of Education just fired him last week. The district had filed disciplinary charges against Logan on Nov. 23, which Logan never contested. The president of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers explains that teachers automatically lose their license if they're convicted of serious crimes, meaning they'd be unable to actually teach in any New York district. So "being unlicensed, I'm not sure why it's necessary to terminate [Logan]. I would say it's to clean up the records," he says. (Read more teacher stories.)

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