A Baytown-area teacher is in trouble for a blog she kept about her Ike experience.
That "Ike experience" included, as the Baytown Sun reports:
...her love of MREs, her habit of hitting up more than one Place Of Distribution (POD) in trips between Baytown and her Deer Park home, and her enjoyment of life post-Hurricane Ike.
“This is great,” [Jacki] Steinhauer said in her blog. “I don’t have school and getting free food. I still will probably get paid at the end of the month also. Life is great after a hurricane when nothing really happened to your house.
While adding up her free loot, Steinhauer counted five cases of water, two 20-pound bags of ice, four 10 pound bags of ice, four boxes of MREs (two of the “real military ones” and two boxes meant to last one person one day, and a box with a variety of 12 sack lunches of Chef Boyardee microwavable cups, granola bars, fruit cups and almond cookies.)
That shouldn't piss people off too much.
KHOU posted a story about the blog and got over 300 outraged commments.
Steinhauer, who we couldn't reach, then posted her defense: “I am sorry for anything that I did to upset anyone. I did not think that the blog that I wrote for myself would ever get out. I didn’t think that it was that interesting.”
She said she really had gathered all the extra food for family members who couldn't make it out to the PODs.
Goose Creek ISD has placed her on administrative leave pending an investigation, but it's not clear she broke any laws. Picking up stuff from PODs is pretty much done on the honor system.
A tip, if you happen not to have any honor: Don't blog about it.
-- Richard Connelly