Unusually, in this instance, there is a connection between feline inappropriate elimination and a senior teacher who may lose his job. What connects a cat peeing outside the litter box and a man in jeopardy of losing his job and possibly his career as a teacher? Well, let me say right away that the senior teacher acted correctly under the circumstances as he has updated me on the event as at Dec 3rd 2018 (see below).
When we say a cat is peeing inappropriately we are referring to how humans perceive it. From a cat’s perspective, he/she is peeing appropriately because there is always a good reason for a cat to pee or defecate outside the litter box. In this instance it appears to have been a simple mistake by the cat. The problem was resolved by the purchase of “a top entry cat box”.
David McIntyre is the assistant principal at Beaufort High School. He is currently (at the date of this post) on paid administrative leave because he was arrested when the police turned up at his home after he had an argument with his ex-wife. When they turned up he had guessed that she had called 911 and he approached them as they pulled into his drive.
In an email received on Dec 3rd 2018, David tells me that:
“The incident began as an altercation between my then ex-wife and my 13 year old daughter as I was at my ex-wife’s home picking my daughter up after church. [The altercation began] because my daughter’s cat would not sit down in the litter box while urinating and urine came out of the litter-box…”
He told the police the truth. His ex verified what he said to them. The argument escalated to an assault in which he allegedly slapped his ex-wife twice. Apparently she still had the evidence when the police arrived: a red face. He faces a charge of second-degree domestic violence. Having been arrested he has been released on a $10,000 bond.
In defence, Mr McIntyre complained to the police that both he and his daughter had endured instances when his ex-wife had verbally abused them both. They had been married for 17 years.
David McIntyre may lose his job because if he’s convicted of violating federal or South Carolina laws he can be removed from his teaching and administrative post. This would be a great shame.
Update by Mr McIntyre (Dec 3rd 2018):
“This incident has now been completely resolved…”
“I am an animal lover and I am a kind gentle soul, but I think you would agree that law enforcement’s decision to charge me after using force to restrain my ex-wife from harming my daughter was wrong. The courts believed it to be wrong and that is why this incident is expunged, my employer believed it to be wrong and that is why I was reinstated in my job..”
Mr McIntyre acted honourably at all times and it seems the police had stereotyped views on what had happened before investigating.
Source: thestate.com/news and David McIntyre.