Jackson Athletic Director faces drug and alcohol charges

Jackson Athletic Director faces drug and alcohol charges
By: CJ Cassidy

FRUITLAND, Mo. - The man in charge of Jackson High School athletics finds himself facing the kind of charges schools preach to their students about.

A Misosuri Highway Patrol Trooper arrested Jackson Athletic Director Kevin Bohnert early Friday morning along Highway 61 near Fruitland.
Superintendent Ron Anderson says Bohnert's since been placed on paid administrative leave pending more investigating by the school, and also as the case goes through the court system.
Parents we spoke with wonder if the same zero tolerance policy that applies to the students here shouldn't also apply to faculty and staff.

"It doesn't matter who you are, if you do the crime, if you drive drunk, if you posess marijuana, it's not going to be swept under the rug. You'll be treated just like anyone else," said Cape Girardeau County Prosecutor Morley Swingle.

But court documents reveal Bohnert tried to get out of trouble.

The trooper who arrested Bonhert discovered marijuana and a smoking pipe in Bohnert's car.  According to the report,  Bohnert asked the trooper if he could "just forget about the marijuana and the pipe."

"He was coming from a Ted Nugent rock concert, and had marijuana in the console, and a breath alcohol level of 0.11," Swingle said.  The legal limit in Missouri is .08. 

The same court documents also state Bohnert admitted to smoking pot that night.

Jackson resident Jim Profilet can't believe an administrator would face drug charges.   His children graduated from Jackson High School and both played sports.  Now, he hopes the incident doesn't reflect negatively on the district's athletic program.

"This is an alleged incident.  Hopefully, maybe there's a mistake, and it didn't happen, but I don't want to comment on what I think should happen to Mr. Bohnert," Profilet said.

Bohnert himself chose not to comment when Heartland News contacted him on the phone. His attorney hopes people keep an open mind as his client's case goes through the court system.

The school's attorney, meanwhile, says there is no zero tolerance policy for teachers and staff. There is, however, a drugfree workplace policy that has strict regulations in place pertaining to behavior on school property and also during school activities.