Letter to the editor: upset over teacher at BUHS

buhs.jpgRecently a series of events has occurred that has resulted in the student body losing one of their most positive, creative, more importantly, influential teachers, Zach Quintana.

This series of uncontrollable events has sparked a revolution amongst students and faculty. The actions taken by the administration to minimize the outbursts have only made them louder, and more clear.

It is well within the rights of the students to express their displeasure towards the school’s decisions. The immediate action taken by staff to place Mr. Quintana under administrative leave due to their “Loss of control” over the students was ill-considered and unwise. Any hope the administration had of containing this eruption of disapproval quickly diminished. Instead, this decision resulted in more shock, outrage and anarchist behavior.

Students were constantly hearing empty threats of having the senior field trip revoked, the senior picnic canceled, even having teachers physically ripping taped “Team Quintana” papers off of students. It is because of these poor decisions that the students feel the need to be heard, reach out amongst one another, and protest against such unprovoked actions. These actions taken by the staff and administration are beyond unjust, completely unprofessional and downright outrageous.

The consequences of these actions have taken a toll on the whole Bishop Union High School attendees. Staff members have lost a valued member of their team; the administration has lost an important employee; and the student body has lost an incredible teacher, role model, and a friend.

This imposes a few critical questions. Was the decision to remove Mr. Quintana from his teaching position before the end of the school year a prudent, and reasonable choice? Was leaving the students with this memory of the BUHS’s administration the wisest decision? And last, is the administration willing to revoke their actions, and allow us our last moments with our dear friend?


Joshua Cash


54 Responses to Letter to the editor: upset over teacher at BUHS

  1. Bob May 22, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    I’m impressed! Good for the students. Tell them to take their field trip and picnic and shove it.

    Seniors can plan their own activities.

    Who are the children now?

  2. So.. May 22, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    for those of us that don’t attend BUHS … what happened? What are the circumstances regarding the letting go of this staff member? It sounds like it’s a big deal, just curious to the details of which i’ve seen none. Thanks.

    • sugarmagnolia May 22, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

      as far as I can tell, he posted a pic on Instagram that was anti-police. Terrence McAteer saw it (perhaps in an unlawful way) and fired him for it. He says another teacher got a reprimand for an inappropriate instagram photo but that McAteer has it out for him because he helped unionize the ROP teachers.

      Apparently, he has a good rapport with many students and many parents are happy with the impact he has had on their children.

      I don’t know anything about the incident or him, I’m just regurgitating what I read.

  3. Tinner May 22, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    Welcome to life kids.

  4. Desert Tortoise May 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Any background on the situation aside from this letter?

  5. Desert Tortoise May 22, 2014 at 1:59 pm #

    Hmm, looked at his Facebook page. Glad the district booted him.

    • sugarmagnolia May 22, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

      What DT, you don’t like parents posting stuff like this…’Thank you for inspiring my son. I don’t know you, but I know good teachers when I hear about them’.

      Heaven forbid a teacher connects with the students and teaches them to think things out for themselves…I guess you find that scary, huh DT? perhaps you should change your name to sheeple.

  6. OH BOY! May 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    For those that have the power they have the ability to persuade and influence people. For those who are powerless they use position amd intimidation to gain power.

    I applaude the students that have stood up for what they believe in. I hope that you find success in your endeavors!

  7. JR May 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

    Desert Tortoise, Perhaps you can post up your personal FB page for all to judge,

    I have students at BUHS, and know the story, clearly you do not.

    There are many issues and posts that you have made on this site that I completely disagree with, HOWEVER, I support your right to say them. Without penalty or “booted”. It is a bit myopic of you to be “glad” about the loss of someones job without understanding the situation. Perhaps if you lost your job over something so misunderstood as this you would understand.

    • Desert Tortoise May 23, 2014 at 8:58 am #

      I don’t have a personal Facebook page because in my line of work it is a grave security risk. Facebook pages of targets for spear phishing and those of their families are far to easy to exploit, so I don’t go there and I don’t allow family members to post anything about me on their Facebook pages. It is basic cyber security too many firms, utilities and government agencies do not practice. People are sloppy with their computer habits and give the store away, just as Mr. Quintana did. I don’t have an ounce of sympathy for him. He dug his own hole.

      Btw, I have a son coming later this year and I would not tolerate a school district putting my son in daily contact with the likes of Mr. Quintana. If a district DIDN’T fire someone like that and I knew about it, I lawyer up and start suing. People like him have no business working in our schools.

      • theM May 25, 2014 at 9:16 am #

        desert tortoise. please terminate activity here. your job is to protect freedom. not to educate.

  8. Bill Stoll May 22, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    I support Randy Cooks decision to terminate Mr. Quintana. Its very simple look at the post. Professional teachers should stay as teachers not students friends. My wife is a teacher and would never post something like that EVER. He is not a credentialed teacher and it shows with his lack of professionalism.

    • Joshua Cash May 22, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

      Bill Stoll,

      Your wife, (Who was once my boss, and is currently a dear friend), teaches kindergarden. She is not a ROP High School teacher, who deals with mid-teen to early adult students. The connection between student and teacher is hardly worthy of a comparison. To say that a teacher should not make any sort of personal connection with the students completely goes against what the school district has been actively pushing for. Don’t believe me? Look at our recent events in P.L.U.S. (Which I’m an active member in) Where teachers had to create slide shows to show who they are, and connect with the students on a more personal level, creating an impression of comfort.

      On top of that, a good teacher will teach their students academic skills, to help them get through the day to day, and create a good background. A great teacher will teach these students how to think for themselves, problem solve, and come up with their own solutions to the day-to-day problems they will encounter in “the real world”. I can safely say I learned more in Mr. Quintana’s class about academic skills, as well as the value of independence than in any class, with any teacher I have ever had. He was a perfect example of a great teacher.

      You mentioned Mr. Quintana to be “not credentialed”, which is very off-putting, and misleading. Mr Quintana has been working for the last two years to become a credited teacher. Let’s not forget also, that to become a “Credentialed teacher” in the ROP program requires tedious hours of working to get any CTE credentials. The credentials require thousands of hours of documented professional experience.

      Speaking of a lack of professionalism, I believe that it is very unprofessional for a potential elected official to speak out on a topic s/he is ill informed on. For example; Randy Cook was not the “decision maker” in terminating Mr. Quintana, in fact it came from a very bias higher power, who is notorious for going on spontaneous power trips, and not taking well to having his power questioned. He exemplifies these behaviors by firing, and placing a beloved teacher, (Beloved by students, Staff, and Administration) on administrative leave, and banning him from any sort of school event. You’re stating that you support the decision to take this teacher’s right to watch his students graduate. Students that he has helped over the last two years, develop the skills to live and thrive in “the real world”. If that isn’t unprofessional, I don’t know what is.

      Since it’s okay for you to take sides so quickly, I ask you, do you plan to run this county with the same level of ignorance that you just displayed in this situation?

      • Eastern Sierra Local May 23, 2014 at 8:49 am #

        Mr. Quintana is under contract with the BUHS to behave in a professional manner consistent with District policy. Posting pictures of children with pot leafs and the meme of “F**K the police” is not appropriate especially when many of his “1400 Instagram followers” (as of last night) are BUHS students.
        He has now taken to social media to defame another teacher at BUHS and engage in cyber bullying of that teacher. He has now begun to post on his Instagram account complete lies regarding his Leave. You, Mr. Cash are an uninformed child who doesn’t know the real story of what was going on prior to Mr. Quintana placement on Administrative Leave.

        • Joshua Cash May 23, 2014 at 11:33 am #

          “Eastern Sierra Local”
          How can we know you know any more about this than Mr. Stoll, if you don’t have the courage to show who you are, “local”? Because right now, we have an active student who was a part of the social media outburst, against an anonymous user.

          We all know about Mr. Quintana’s contract with the school, we’ve broken down the “professional manner” before, and this goes much deeper into the first amendment rights, and whether or not a mans freedom of speech on his personal social media account is grounds enough to terminate his/her employment. You can read about that anywhere else.

          Again, I can’t believe the level of ignorance here. First off, “Children with pot leafs”? Implying there was more than one, or different children with pot leafs? That’s a good way to sway the uninformed public in your direction- mislead them! The picture was of a kid, (Not student here) holding a fig leaf to his face, saying “F**k the police”. How can you not realize that is not a “pot leaf”? It’s no secret, if you were keeping up on the story, you would realize it.

          Next, to claim that he has “used social media to bully another teacher” is completely inaccurate and incorrect. The facts laid out by Mr. Quintana on any social media site have been just that. Facts. For example; He was fired over a private picture, on his personal social media account, where “another” teacher was given a slap on the wrists. Oh wait, maybe you’re talking about the outrage the students had when they found out about Mr. Quintana’s termination, and the level of support he got. That was us, as a unified student body, forming together to show our support for a beloved teacher. Not once did Mr. Quintana tell us what we needed to do in the situation.

          To top off his “1,400 followers”, remember something about social media. It’s difficult to regulate. Very difficult. But, here’s the difference between Mr. Quintana and “the other teacher”, Mr. Quintana does his best to insure that all of his followers are 18, or older. His account even clearly states that his page is “Not suitable for minors”. This other teacher’s photo was found on a public, unblocked social media profile, available for anyone to see, and it was just a matter of time before someone did see it.

          And still, my question from my letter to the editor has not yet been answered.. Was removing Mr. Quintana from his teaching position before the end of the school year a prudent, and reasonable choice? Couldn’t it wait until the summer, so to not cause this uproar? Was leaving the students, especially the largest class the school has had in a long time, the graduating class of 2014, with this memory of the BUHS’s administration the wisest decision? Because right now, administration is not looking good in the eyes of the students, the staff, public or the parents.

          Remember something, you’re speaking with an educated adult who deserves just as much respect as you give your peers. Don’t ever call me an “uninformed child”, as that is just downright unprofessional, immature, and all around sad.

    • Corinne Quintana May 23, 2014 at 8:20 am #

      I am the wife of Zack and also teach at the high school. I would like to make three points very clear. First, my husband had a private account and patrolled his followers to remove any underage followers diligently. Anyone who has an instagram account knows that many members do not post their names, ages, or identifying photos. Second, my husband is a sworn peace officer, which creates an important context for his post. It was a joke about the hostility law enforcement has to deal with on a regular basis. Lastly, some say that relationships with students should end with the ringing of the bell, but my husband and I have and will continue to serve the teens of this community whenever called upon to do so. My husband mentors disadvantaged youth by taking them to the gym, building their self confidence. We have both been contacted late at night from suicidal and abused students. Last year we brought a homeless student into our family as unofficial foster parents. Should we have turned these kids away because work is over? From my perspective, the clear answer is no.

      • Bob May 23, 2014 at 9:43 am #

        Thank you for that explanation.

        Keep up the good work!

      • Desert Tortoise May 23, 2014 at 10:21 am #

        The world is not a black and white place Ms. Quintana. Are you familiar with the Chinese concept of Yin-Yang? The boundary between light and dark is wavy and indistinct. There is a bit of the dark in the light and a bit of light in the dark. Your husband is not all goodness Ms. Quintana. He has a dark side that is obvious on his Facebook page. I have a son coming in a few months and one of my duties as a parent is to keep my son away from people like your husband, at least until he grows up and starts acting like a mature and well adjusted adult, and stops looking like a gang member and posting obscenities on his public Facebook page. Are you grown up enough madam to even understand that?

        • Corinne Quintana May 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

          I’m glad that you are about to become a parent. I’m currently expecting my fifth child. All of my school age children consistently score in the advanced range and none have any disciplinary record. In fact, our oldest daughter has a 4.3 gpa. I myself have a masters degree. I wonder what life and educational experience you have that lends you such a vast array of knowledge on integrity and the human condition. If you truly believe in your stances and are not just finding a forum to bloviate in, then perhaps you would find the courage to not just post anonymously.
          Do you assume that anyone with minority blood, tattoos and firearms are gang members? Your intolerence for anyone different from yourself is apparent. Bigots generally hide their identities.

      • Eastern Sierra Local May 23, 2014 at 10:22 am #

        Ironic that a “sworn peace officer” posts on Instagram a CHILD with a pot leaf over his face and the meme of “F**K THE POLICE” isn’t it?

        • Benett Kessler May 23, 2014 at 12:32 pm #

          To be accurate it’s a fig, or some other type of leaf. We have now posted the image, minus the profanity, with Mr. Quintana’s permission. Benett Kessler

          • Really? May 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

            So, ESL, cruisin’ Mr. Q’s Instagram hoping to see shirtless pictures to fan your outrage?

      • mongo the idiot May 23, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

        Mr. & Mrs. Q,
        With all my heart!
        Thank You for all you do, this is for you!

    • votermon May 23, 2014 at 8:53 am #

      Mr. Stoll:

      With respect, your decision to use this forum to advance your supervisorial campaign, coupled with your taking what you correctly describe as a simple (and some might say knee-jerk) approach to a complex and sensitive issue shows me you lack the judgment and temperament to be my supervisor.


    • Pedro May 24, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

      Bill Stoll, if allegations of teachers ripping off signs from students clothing are true, do you consider that unprofessional and worthy of discipline? Sounds like staff are the ones that may be inciting riot with acts that may be physical assault. If it happened to my kid there would be some explaining to do. What are they going to do if someone shows up with a Team Quintana printed shirt? Thank god the “children” posting here are more mature than us adults.

    • Really? May 27, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

      Bill Stoll –

      From your personal PUBLIC Facebook page:

      November 30, 2013:

      “So we are at a hockey game and the lady in front of us gets mad every time we say shit. What is this world coming to flipping stay home bitc$. Take up chess or something and leave us hockey fans to cussing”

      You do realize that your potential constituents – as well as your wife’s students – can see that, right?


  9. seriously? May 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

    Stoll…….does a teacher have to be credentialed to be a good teacher? I have known Mr Quintana for many years….he has come a long way since high school. Why would we as parents not want him to help develop our children and stay away from the Rocky path on which Mr Quintana started? I support Mr Quintana and am appalled by the actions of the administration.

  10. NIRS May 23, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    Mr. Q as a member of the community and a parent of a student that attends school in Bishop give you all my respect, and support for standing up for the students in school. Seeing that the students have to much respect for you should show the school staff something. Why isn’t there any action being taken with other teachers threatening the kids for speaking their opinion? Why are their “Team Quintana” papers being ripped off them; do they see this as being ok?…

  11. Eastern Sierra Local May 23, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    This Letter to the Editor is a perfect example of an uninformed child (along with the rest of the “Team Q” students) who truly doesn’t know the situation at hand and has been negatively influenced by this instructor. The teacher at the root of this discussion posted a picture of a CHILD holding a “fig leaf” (that looks just like a marijuana leaf) with the words “F**K the Police.” As an ambassador to the school district (as defined within the teacher’s contract) and a supposed “influential and well-liked teacher” it is the responsibility of this teacher to behave in a manner consistent with those principles, not in the exact opposite.
    Why does Mr. Quintana claim to have over 1400 Instagram followers when he’s a teacher? Why are many of his Instagram followers his students at BUHS?
    Why does Mr. Quintana Instagram photos of himself shirtless (to his 1400 followers some of who are students at BUHS)?
    Now Mr. Quintana and his “Team Q” supporters are engaging in cyber-bullying of another teacher who they feel had a hand in Mr. Quintana’s dismissal by posting a picture stolen from his Facebook page with a derogatory meme. Mr. Quintana has taken to social media and posted utter lies half truths of the situation at hand- it’s well documented and out there on his facebook and instagram accounts.
    This Letter to the Editor; some of the comments on the Sierrawave; and the behavior of the BUHS students discuss “Freedom of Speech” and how that’s being infringed upon; the truth is students (and minors) don’t have that right when on school grounds and when Freedom of Speech is inciting riots, violence against others, and lawless behavior (as Mr. Quintana and “Team Q” supporters are currently doing) that right has been been revoked as the US Supreme Court determined years ago.
    When school gets out in 10 days and the BUHS students are thoroughly engrossed in their summer vacation all of this will be forgotten about by “Team Q” and Mr. Quintana will still be out of a job for indecent behavior and BUHS will be much better off.

    • Desert Tortoise May 23, 2014 at 10:15 am #

      Well stated Eastern Sierra Local. Unfortunately you are urinating into a stiff eastern Sierra wind as half the people who post here are no more mature or well adjusted than the high school students fawning over this guy. Of course they bond with him, he is every bit as childish and rebellious as his students. What is sad is the so-called adults here who seemingly would tolerate, even applaud, someone teaching their kids who posts “F___ the police” on a public website.

      • oy vay May 23, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

        DT: could you possibly be any more smug, self-satisfied, patronizing, pompous, moralistic, self-righteous, arrogant or cloying?

        Keep trying: I’m sure you’ll manage.

    • Roland McCleam May 23, 2014 at 10:38 am #

      Dear eastern Sierra local,
      YOU COULDNT BE MORE WRONG. Mr. Quintana has the right to do anything on his private account, he’s covered by the ACLU ( American civil liberties union.) and if you’re telling the community of bishop that you don’t think Mr. Quintana should have rights then I don’t think I would want you in the community. As for the students, WE CAN HAVE NON VIOLENT PROTEST AT SCHOOL, ITS IN OUR RIGHTS. Nobody was using violence or starting a riot, we were joining together to fight for a cause we believe in. And last but not least, Mr. Peterson had a picture of him with the booze on his Facebook in PUBLIC EYE. That’s the difference between the two. Let’s fire a teacher for a picture on his private account that’s not even of him doing anything. But allow another teacher to work there who has pictures of him and booze and any one can see it. Don’t get me wrong mr. Peterson has every right to do that, because he’s covered by the same right Quintana is (social networking privacy act)
      And for you to say BUHS will be better off, again you’re wrong. Mr. Quintana was the best teacher at the school and many will agree. His contributions towards the school are outstanding and he is a symbol of the “bronco way.” Not only has he taught all of his classes how to many quality work which we could use in the work force right now but he’s been somebody that we can connect with. As you may or may not know, Quintana has had a rocky past, but through hard work and determination to be a better person, he has been made into a hard working, graphic designing, correctional officer and a person of integrity. He is a symbol of the American dream in today’s world. And yeah you’re right, when summer starts a lot of kids will forget about all of this. But not me, and certainly not josh cash. I’m not sad because Quintana got fired, I’m sad because now he doesn’t get the chance to help the kids in the community or spread his knowledge of the today world and how it works. He is twice the person you will ever be. Have a good day and god bless

      • Eastern Sierra Local May 23, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

        Mr. Mcleam-
        YOU COULDN’T BE MORE WRONG. Mr. Quintana signed an employment contract with the School District that specifically outlines his duties and obligations to the school, students, faculty, and the community. He DOES HAVE a first amendment right to post on his Instagram account; just as BUHS has a right not to tolerate the behavior of staff who violate the ethics clause he swore to uphold upon his employment. If you were actually employed you may know something about ethics and how your position follows you whether or not you are at work.

        As for the students, “WE CAN HAVE NON VIOLENT PROTEST AT SCHOOL, ITS IN OUR RIGHTS;” but come summer time and when school starts next year, like with other fleeting teenage fantasies Mr. Quintana will be a distant memory and no one will either remember or care this time next year MARK MY WORDS.

        “Nobody was using violence or starting a riot, we were joining together to fight for a cause we believe in.”
        Can you explain then why the Bishop PD has now been on 24 hour patrol at the school?

        “Mr. Quintana the best teacher at the school and many will agree??”
        I don’t recall a non-tenured teacher receiving any award or accolades in the past two years for being the “best teacher ever.” In fact, his fraternizing with his students, his inappropriate social media presence, and poor attitude with staff says the exact opposite.

        EVERYONE has a rocky past-some wallow in it for the rest of their lives and some rise up from them however, just a quick perusal of Mr. Quintana’s social media pages says to me that he continues to wallow in it.

        It’s obvious you’re a child as well who doesn’t have children in BUHS and as a parent and taxpayer I don’t want my children fraternizing with an individual like Mr. Quintana- I don’t need my kids seeing their teacher shirtless or defaming the local police or other teachers. I teach my children morals at home I don’t let some teacher do it for me.

        • Chris Cash May 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm #

          I’d like to think and hope, your last sentence was a general statement, if not feel free to post your true name, as I have here, and we can discuss parenting philosophies, ethics, morals and values.

          We are very proud of our Adult Son, he is standing up for what he believes in and is doing a fine job here.

        • Susan Cash May 24, 2014 at 10:31 am #

          “I teach my children morals at home I don’t let some teacher do it for me.”

          Here, we agree. So why are you so concerned that a teacher could, in one semester, one year, four years, or the remaining 2 weeks of school override your teachings of a lifetime? Chris and I are more confident in our parenting skills than that.

          Good job, Joshua. If nothing else, you’ve shone a light and made them uncomfortable.

          Mr. Quintana, I wish you the best. Mrs. Quintana, I hope you’re ready for another two years of the Cash family 🙂 And congratulations on Q5 – your children are blessed. Hope to meet you both soon – Graduation Day would be perfect for that, don’t you think?

        • Pedro May 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

          ESL, congratulations you have managed to come off more condescending and patronizing than even Desert Tortoise. Maybe you should monitor your children’s computer usage and keep them off the swim team if shirtless instructors are such a concern.

        • ESL playing dirty? May 26, 2014 at 11:47 am #

          My question to you is how do you know so much more than the “uninformed child” or anyone else on this matter? Bishop Unified has claimed no additional statements will be made, yet you are clearly an administrator if you have the information you claim to have. I hope you are preparing yourself for a libel suit, as I am sure you are aware that many of your accusations are unsubstantiated and your ip address are attached to your post.

          I also would like to point out several fallacies in your statement. First, I have seen no evidence of any cyberbullying on either of his social media accounts or even a hint at defamation of another teacher. I also know that he did not start #teamquintana, as I know who did.

          As you are an authority figure within the school system, you should know that students do still possess first amendment rights based on the precedent set by Tinker vs. Des Moines. This speech is only limited if it infringes upon the learning environment. The ACLU would love to educate you on this subject. No student has responded violently to my knowledge. The only violence committed appears to have been carried out by a teacher towards students.

          I must also say that your disrepect for non-tenured staff is appalling. The very first Bronco Award was given to a non-tenured teacher. Mr. Quintana himself has had his program make front page news twice this year.

          Lastly, I highly doubt Quintana is wallowing in his big house with his amazing wife and brilliant children. You are obviously the one wallowing in your own miserable existence.

    • K May May 23, 2014 at 10:59 am #

      Ive known Mr Quintana for a long time ive been his friend and his boss he is a good man what he posts on his personel instegram account is freedom of speech and not a true reflection of the kind of teacher he is, I work with teenagers and conecting with them is a must and what makes him a great teacher I work in law enforcement and I am not offended WHY ARE YOU by a fig leaf grow a sense of humor !!!

      • Trouble May 24, 2014 at 5:44 am #

        K May, I agree with you 100%. I believe I read somewhere else that this was origanally posted under his screen name . People should be allowed to say what the want . Good for you Josh!

  12. Roland McCleam May 23, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    And mr. K, I still respect you very much but if you don’t believe that mr. Quintana was done wrong then shame on you.

  13. Me May 23, 2014 at 11:49 am #

    Eastern Sierra Local, calling someone an “uninformed child” when they are writing such a well formed and mature letter is a classic case of belittling someone and undermining them based on their age. Joshua Cash I commend you for your professionalism and your not being afraid to stand out. You, eastern Sierra local are an uninformed adult, you know nothing about Mr. Quintana as a person or as a teacher. Personally I believe I missed out not having the chance to call him my teacher. But I proudly call him a friend, and just in being my friend he has taught me many things and showed me nothing but support with my ventures. And even through all of this Mr. Quintana has showed nothing but professionalism and honest feelings for nothing but the well being of his students.

  14. Concerned Citizen May 23, 2014 at 11:56 am #

    Mr. Quintana has accomplished remarkable feats at Bishop High. These remarkable things could not have been accomplished without him. So is the school going to let one small problem be the death of the amazing things that this school has the potential for? If so the school administration has made a terrible decision.

  15. Roland McClean May 23, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    Easter Sierra local.
    I have three jobs. I work in retail everyday after school as well as sometimes on weekends, I am also an employee of a contractor who I work for in mammoth on the weekends. Mix that in with mowing the locals lawns for some extra money. So yes I do have a job(s) and I’m very good at what I do. I too am a tax payer so don’t try to pull that card.
    This is news to me that bishop pd was on campus. Quintana is a correction officers to knowing he was around the kids aswell as I felt like we were in a safe environment.

    “In fact, his fraternizing with his students, his inappropriate social media presence, and poor attitude with staff says the exact opposite.” Sounds to me like you work at the school. I don’t have to to keep going because I have to work but I will leave you with this.
    We are everyone and yet no one
    We do not forgive
    We do not forget
    Expect us
    We will fight and we will win.
    God bless

  16. Joe May 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Bill Stoll- I’m in your district and I agree with “votermon”. How I feel about the situation matters not but my vote is going to someone else now.

  17. John Barton May 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    I can see both sides of this issue. I work for a firm that essentially tells its employees that how you act outside of work reflects on the firm. The posts by the teacher while an attempt to gain acceptance with the students is highly unprofessional, I think it is worthy of a formal written letter in his file but not termination.

  18. Wayne Deja May 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    I was going to post saying ,since there was a picture of a “fake marijuana” leaf and something said against Law Enforcement on his “facebook account”,I was GOING to say it’s a wonder some aren’t coming on and saying his “rights are being violated” for his getting into trouble for doing something so stupid…..but,by the looks of things,it’s already started….IMO…if I had kids,and if they were attending BUHS and he was “teaching” them,I think it might bother me if he were to (allegedly) condone marijuana use and be bashing Law Enforcement using vulgar language by posting such a stupid picture over the internet….leave that to the “gangstas” that get on the computer and post such things….not a teacher,for goodness sakes.

    • Benett Kessler May 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm #

      If you read our update to the story, Mr. Quintana said that reposting the photo was a joke meant to point to the anti-police culture we must deal with. Benett Kessler

  19. Wayne Deja May 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    …I wonder if the Police,that he apparently is part of and works with, see it as a “joke” when someone posts things like that.

    • Trouble May 24, 2014 at 7:08 am #

      Wayne, I’m sure there are plenty of cops that won’t want their personal post released by their supervisors. Besides it’s about time our youth start standing up for themselves.

  20. Concerned Student May 24, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Dear Eastern Sierra Local,

    Hi there! Calling the writer of the article, who is a student at Bishop Union High School, and may I add over 18 years of age, “uninformed child” the best you got? Is it because he is a “child” that you are dismissing the facts that he has presented in his article and in his comments? Judging by your comments, it is apparent that you are an adult and you are playing the “I am an adult, which means I automatically know more and am right and if you believe otherwise, I won’t listen because you are not as old as me” card. With all do respect sir/miss, you automatically lose this debate/argument because you are not bringing up any facts. Instead, you are talking with your emotions. If you truly believe in what you say and you 100% mean it, then you should have no problem revealing your identity. However, I believe you are what we “kids” call a troll… There is a reason sir/miss that parents are appalled at the firing of Mr. Quintana because of all the teachers at Bishop Union High School, he has been the most influential teacher in our school. He has shown light to numerous kids who used to live in the darkest dungeons. But me saying this does not matter because you’d say I’m yet another “uninformed child” and because I’m a child (I’m 18 btw) I’m wrong in your eyes. But you are just some anonymous person on this post and you’re opinions matters as much to us students as ours does to you. I could go on and on for a while but then again, I’m just another “uninformed child.”

    Thank you!

  21. ferdinand lopez May 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    what a joke,of course high school kids are going to be upset that their “cool” teacher was removed,who cares what they say,thank god they have no vote,they have no idea what the real world is about,either do half the parents from what I can tell,he absolutely needs to be removed

    • Trouble May 25, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

      ferdinand, I’m glad your not my kids teacher.

  22. Sardar Nawaz Khan June 3, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    I am not a kid here but father of 2 kids. My 2 kids are in12th grade and 10th grade, and they are telling me that if they have heard of the most number of positive comments about any teacher in BUHS from students, it is Zack. None of my kids has ever been in Zack’s class, but they still like him and respect him as they think that he and his wife are very helpful and nice people. They say that it is widely believed that Mr. Quintana was removed by the BUHS superintendent just to make a vacancy for his favorite teacher. I have heard the same thing from my co-wrker. I think all in all this decision by BUHS to fire Mr. Quintana is arbitrary and not wise and therefore brought bad name to the school and the administration. I would therefore request BUHS to revert their decision and reinstate the teacher in the larger interest of the students at BUHS.


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