BRUNSWICK, Ga. - Fired Glynn County schools Superintendent Michael Bull used his school system BlackBerry to solicit sex over the Internet.
The Georgia Times-Union newspaper, under Georgia's open records law, obtained copies Tuesday of the graphic e-mails sent after midnight Feb. 18 in chat room-like conversations with five men and women.
Mr. Bull didn't respond to Times-Union efforts to contact him for comment. Neither he, nor his wife Nancy, returned voice mail messages left on each of their personal cell phones. No one answered the door at their St. Simons Island home. He previously declined comment about his dismissal.
The school board fired Mr. Bull on Friday after it learned he had used the BlackBerry to access a site that board Chairman Millard Allen described as pornographic.
The improper use of the BlackBerry, which is forbidden by school policy, was detected two days earlier and recorded by the school system's computer system. Upon learning of it, Mr. Allen called an emergency meeting Friday where members voted 5-0 to dismiss Mr. Bull for cause - improper use of school property.
Because he was fired for cause, Mr. Bull won't receive any severance or buyout money from the school system.
Mr. Bull sent the e-mails during Internet sessions while staying at a Savannah motel for a Regional Educational Service Agency meeting in Statesboro - more than 50 miles away.
Written in brief but lewd language, the e-mails solicited specific sexual acts and situations. In response, some people asked Mr. Bull for photographs, according to the e-mails.
Mr. Bull logged on with the BlackBerry and began the e-mails about 12:13 a.m. Feb. 18 He received his last e-mail at 9:59 a.m. the same day. Most of the e-mails were exchanged before 2 a.m.
Except for Mr. Bull, who used his school system e-mail address, the others were identified only by online user names and e-mail addresses. Mr. Bull also included a cellular telephone number that Tuesday was answered by a recording in his voice instructing callers to leave a message.
No photographs were transmitted. Nor is there any indication of child pornography, according to the e-mails.
Mr. Allen has said when confronted, Mr. Bull told the board that he'd had too much to drink and "did a very foolish thing."
Although shaken by the situation, board
members and school administrators, led by acting Superintendent Howard Mann, are focusing on moving forward.
"The sooner we get this behind us, the better. We need to get on with the business of educating children," Mr. Allen said Tuesday.
Mr. Allen said he's asked the board's Personnel Committee to consult with Marjorie Varnadoe, school system human resources director, about launching the search for a new superintendent.
Mr. Bull's dismissal came just over two months after the school board extended his contract for a year, through 2011, and gave him a nearly $6,500 raise to $167,648 a year.
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