Think about the craziest thing you ever did to get a job. Like the WILDEST thing you’ve ever done to get the upper hand. Maybe you exaggerated a few things on your resume? Put down references who you claimed were former bosses but were actually just friends? This would be considered egregious behavior by some unless you’re comparing it to what this guy allegedly did in Indiana after he got passed over for a job as a fourth-grade teacher and basketball coach.
Travis Tarrants, 40, from West Baden Springs, Indiana, allegedly mailed four dead skunks and one dead raccoon to Michael Leitzman, who was hired for the role.
According to court documents, the package containing the raccoon included the message, “RESIGN! IT WILL NOT STOP.”
Look, I’m not going to sit here and say that this behavior was a little overboard. Because it really isn’t that crazy when you think about it. A fourth-grade teaching position coupled with the chance to coach a bunch of nine-year-old studs in basketball is the dream. You do what you have to do to get that job, and if that means sending a few dead skunks and a raccoon to the guy the school picked instead of you, then so be it. Travis even had the the wherewithal to allegedly make a couple of phone calls to the Indiana Department of Child Services. You know, just for good measure.
[Tarrants] claimed Leitzman had a sexual relationship with underage high school students. Multiple letters alleging the same thing were sent to both Leitzman and his fiancee, Katie Ferguson, at their workplaces, court records show. One contained a photo of a man’s genitals, and one letter discussed seeking sex with a minor with Leitzman’s phone number attached. Additionally, investigators said the couple received multiple voicemails threatening to kill Ferguson and their baby if Leitzman did not resign. Their cars were also vandalized with the words “fuck u” and “u will die.”
I would have quit if someone started sending me dead skunks and telling people I was having sex with high schoolers. Even if it wasn’t true, you’d still have people at your fourth-grade basketball games giving you weird looks. So props to Big Mike Leitzman for having some thick skin. And shame on Travis for not using a burner phone to call in his alleged accusations. Be a criminal for me, one time, Trav.
Like I said, I can’t pass any judgement here on Travis Tarrants. Going through all of those interviews and background checks is probably a huge pain in the ass. I would have been pissed if I had to do all of that and then got shut down. Me personally? If I had found out I’d gotten passed over for this gig, I would have gone home and had a beer about it and moved on. But sending the guy who beat you out a couple of dead animals and accusing him of sexual assault works too. Whatever floats your boat, man..
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