To Mr. Turner, I've visited your blog off and on throughout the years and have found it to be both informative and entertaining. I also sided with you upon employment termination with the Joplin school system and thought the whole ordeal was rather shady on their part.
To the Joplin School Board, and the city council for that matter, I believe things in Joplin have been shady for years now. Joplin went through some very difficult times but money corrupts and that is what I believe we are seeing. Its sad.
That said, we all have skeletons in our closet. To all of the anonymous people posting here, I would imagine at least half of you have something you aren't proud of and would like to keep private. Shawn too may have his own skeletons. However, I have known him for many years and I have seen him do some amazing and selfless things for both individuals and the community as a whole. These blog postings, and comments, trample the man as if he were some sort of leper. We all make mistakes. We cannot change the past, we can only strive to for a better future. He has a good heart and it frustrates me to see so many people cutting him down who know nothing about him.
On a personal note, I think Freeman has made a mistake here. Having worked at Freeman for a very long time, I can say that it is not without its own politics and I suspect politics played a big role in his termination. Shawn helped to make Freeman a better place. He fought for all of you when ER turnaround times were 24+ hours for the year following the tornado when Joplin had but one hospital. He also did great things for and in the name of the Joplin tornado victims. Believe me, it was definitely an uphill battle where administration didn't always see eye-to-eye.
You see, they (Freeman) lost some of their soul after putting Paula and company in place. Speak up about the regime and you might find yourself looking for a new job too.