A Father’s (and Teacher’s) Worst Fear

Written by: Jeremy Baumhower

Yesterday afternoon, a father, Fred Guttenberg, posted the following on Facebook.


Hours later, his worst fears realized.

Jamie Guttenberg never made it home from school yesterday. Something we as parents take for granted. Read more ›

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Posted in Baumhower, Column, Death, education, Fatherhood, Life, love, Parenting

The Email Washington Local Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Susan Hayward Doesn’t Want You to Read

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Written by: Jeremy Baumhower

It’s been over 48 hours since the first Freedom Of Information ACT (FOIA) request was sent to Washington Local School’s Dr. Susan Hayward. A WLS taxpayer was wanting to receive a copy of an email sent to Dr. Hayward and members of the board of education sent by a former employee who worked for 30 years, and was hired by the district in 2009.  The email was sent at 11:55 pm on January 29th from Sharon Giles, the former administrative secretary to the superintendent.

There have been additional FOIA requests (by other residents) asking for the same communication sent by Giles.

The 48-hour delay (and counting) FOIA response is a stark contrast when compared to other requests by residents and media entities.  The reason is content.

Sharon Giles’ scathing email sheds light on Dr. Hayward’s alleged behavior, and even alleges a previously undisclosed potential conflict between Dr. Hayward and WLS treasurer, Jeffrey Fouke.  Read more ›

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Posted in education, Lucas County, Ohio, Schools, Toledo, Washington Local Schools

Becoming Mrs. Carter

Written by: Jeremy Baumhower

Rob and Lindsay (Webb) Carter. Courtesy of Facebook.

My phone rang yesterday at an unusual time, from a close friend. It was one of those calls you receive at the dinner table, where you can tell by the tone of the caller’s voice you need to excuse yourself.
It was Lindsay Webb.

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Posted in Baumhower, Family, Feels, Life, love, Ohio, Parenting, Politics, Toledo

‘Socked’ is now available on iBooks and kobo

Written by: Jeremy Baumhower

The long-awaited tell-all has finally arrived.  Socked: The Unbelievable Tale of How a Bully Used Fake News to Punch a School District is now available on iTunes and kobo.  Socked shares the scandalous events that led to the ousting of a beloved school superintendent, Patrick Hickey.

Early Reviews are in: “Holy. F–king. Sh!t. Just read Socked in its entirety. I’m glad you chose to avoid the bridge. Karma. Karma. … You should charge at least 12.99.” — Elizabeth G.

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Posted in Baumhower, Bullying, education, Jeremy Baumhower, Karma, Socked, Toledo, Truth, Lies & Screenshots, Washington Local Schools

You Will D.O.R.A. Better in Toledo

James Filipiak (right) and The Bridges 6/24/17 at The Blarney Irish Pub

Written By: Jeremy Baumhower

“What are you drinking?” shouted the familiar-faced barkeep.

Adam Bevier was standing behind the wooden partition, white rag in hand, trying to hear my alcohol order over the loud sounds of Toledo’s best band (IMO),  The Bridges.

The Blarney was packed this past Saturday night. Read more ›

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Posted in Arts, Baumhower, Column, Jeremy Baumhower, Life, Mud Hens, Things To Do, Toledo, Tourism

Brady Hall’s Mission To Save his 6th Grade Teacher’s Job

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Written by: Brady Hall

Editor’s Note: Brady Hall is entering the 7th grade at Washington Junior High.  He has started a Facebook Page ‘Save the Washington Local Teachers.  He was invited to write an op-ed piece for iHeartGlassCity.

Lesley Snyder was my sixth grade teacher. That was until late in my sixth grade year when she was forced to resign because of a mistake she made. She was one of the best teachers I have ever had — she was very inspiring, loving and caring. Her smile was uplifting and 1:00 – 3:00 was the best 2 hours of the day when we could learn and have fun at the same time.  She made learning easier and more fun with games and music. We were always doing projects for Social studies that were big and fun. She loved to sing and dance around the classroom. Read more ›

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Posted in Column, education, iHeartGlassCity, Letters to the Editor, News, Ohio, Schools, Washington Local Schools

Friendly Reminder: Please, Don’t Be a Sideline Asshole

Written by: Jeremy Baumhower

With the summer sports season upon us, I wanted to share a little reminder for parents — don’t be an asshole while sitting on the sideline.

Like many parents raising children in the suburbs, sports is often the focal point of my day.  My kids play travel basketball, travel softball, travel soccer and travel baseball.   Yes, their games and practices consistently overlap and it takes a former logistics coordinator to map it all out.  No, we are not crazy.  No, my children are not better athletes than yours.  My kids simply love playing these sports, and love to compete. Read more ›

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Posted in Baseball, Baumhower, Column, Discussion, Fatherhood, Feels, Jeremy Baumhower, Life, love, News, Parenting, Schools, Sports, Sylvania, Toledo

Showing Restraint — The Time Terri Kern tried to get a Protection Order Against Me #Socked

Editor’s Note: The following is a preview chapter from Jeremy Baumhower’s Socked.  This highly anticipated book chronicles the behind-the-scenes drama of Washington Local Schools, the fall of Superintendent Patrick Hickey, and the social media circus that caused it. 

Chapter 12: Showing Restraint

The corridor of the Lucas County Courthouse was the first time I had ever seen Terri Kern in person.  The atmosphere was thick — not of tension, but awkwardness.  She and I both knew the truth behind the last 9 months.  Her last-second Hail Mary was in the air and the ball was coming down.  The clock had struck zero.

Kern’s attempt to silence me via the judicial system was running out of time.  Six weeks earlier, Kern filed for and was granted a temporary restraining order against me.  This surprising act of desperation happened hours after I posted “The moment you can prove who’s behind Hickey Leaks.”
We had never met.  We had never been in the same room.

My life had been turned into a soap opera and this hearing was the season finale.

Ex Parte

If you are wondering how a person could get a “Civil Stalking Protection Order Ex Parte” against someone they’ve never met, so was I.

An ex parte decision is one decided by a judge without requiring all of the parties to be present.  Ex parte matters are usually temporary, pending a formal hearing.  The court would rather err on the side of caution, especially when it comes to requests from people fearing for their lives.

Here’s the actual page of Kern’s request, where she describes the reasons why it was needed.

Source: Lucas County Order of Protection Case No. G-4801-CI-0201602142 (Page 7)

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Posted in Column, Court, Crime, education, Facebook, iHeartGlassCity, Life, Lucas County, Media, Ohio, Socked, Susan Kern, Terri Kern, Truth, Lies & Screenshots, Video, Washington Local Schools
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