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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) -- A high school band director is playing a sad song. Chance Bryant was fired Friday from his job at Whiteville High School.

Administrators will not say why Bryant was let go, but Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Tom Hager said rumors around town about the dismissal are false.

"You ask whether or not it involves inappropriate behavior with a student? It does not," Hager said. "There is a process that is in place right now. It has not been completed, and until it's totally completed, there's not a lot that can be said about it."

Hager said he believes the high school administration took the right action to keep the students safe. They hope to have the situation cleared up soon.

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As a former Whiteville High

As a former Whiteville High School student and a current teacher in low-income schools, I am absolutely appalled at the comments posted on this public domain. It is unbelievable to read the contentious, vulgar allegations of parents and children alike about an issue completely based on emotions and heresy instead of facts. I have never seen so many grammatical errors and misspellings. Sadly, it is not your fault. Your education system has failed you and you are not equipped with the communication skills and writing ability to articulate your opinions. Perhaps most alarming is your inability to recognize the greater issue. It takes an entire community to raise a child and no man, regardless of what has or has not happened, can be reasonably expected to single-handedly turn an entire team of irresponsible, lazy, entitled, teenagers into first-class musicians. This event should not be cause for debate, nor should it infuriate members of a community who so desperately need to pull together for the common good of their children. Whiteville High School has always been more focused on extracurriculars and public image than academics. Ten years ago, star football players were handed a high school diploma and were reading on a third grade level. This is absolutely criminal and I am willing to bet the situation has not improved. Parents should go into the classrooms, spend a day alongside their students and see for themselves how poorly students behave and how impossible it is to teach or learn. Mastery of basic skills has been pushed aside to encourage excellence in other activities- as if to tell children, "grades don't matter! It's important to be popular, well-liked, and well-rounded!". The kids who succeeded then and now were the ones whose parents advocated for them and created the opportunities necessary to excel in life outside of Whiteville. Not all children are born into families with the means and support to provide equally and the educational inequity in Whiteville is the worst I have ever seen. Yet what we can all teach is moral values, accountability, and respect. Sports and band should be an earned opportunity for students who are committed to academic excellence, hard work, and personal growth- they are not a "right". Parents should support teachers and do all they can to insure their children have the manners and discipline necessary to contribute positively and succeed in the classroom. The culture of the school must change in order to attract and retain highly qualified, enthusiastic educators. I am grateful to a handful of dedicated, strict, intelligent Whiteville High School teachers who maintained the order and high expectations necessary for a successful learning environment. The Suzanne Blackmons and Sara Painters of that school made me into who I am today. Unfortunately those of us who managed to survive the system have lost almost all hope in reviving a school that, I am sorry to hear, continues to deteriorate.

TELL THEM MR>GRIFFIN!!!

YOU TELL THEM MR.GRIFFIN!!! :D

I have been a student of Mr.

I have been a student of Mr. Bryant's and I liked him as a teacher. He was always nice to the students. I personally do not think the allegations are true but the fact of the matter is some of the things he did didn't look right in the eyes of some parents, teachers, and administrators! I know that whenever I played sports in high school If we had a male coach we ALWAYS had to have a female shaporone not only at games but practices too to prevent this kind of situation from happening. Now I have personally seen Mr. Bryant eating out in public with his students. You don't see any other teachers doing this. When a teacher lets one certain student ride with him in his truck to a parade with just the two of them it not only looks bad on his part but is unfair to the other students who have to ride the bus. I have also seen Mr. Bryant going to certain events to watch some of his students and they were not school events. This is Columbus County people, everyone see's and hears everything and he should have known that this is a small town. Some of you only see one side of the story because you know that Mr. Bryant is a good person but you need to see that some of the things he has done don't look right and a teacher shouldn't be doing these things! I know that when you are going to school to be a teacher you get taught "ethics" and this is a situation where he has completely forgot his ethics. The school system wouldn't have been investigating these things if enought people hadnt complained. A lot of you are singleing out a single person for the cause of this but it wasnt just one person who complained it was many. I don't think Mr. Bryant deserves all the bashing he is getting but he could have prevented this. I like Mr. Bryant as a person and really don't think these alegations are true but he really should have known that he should'nt have been doing some of the things he did. I know It doesn't look right to me. Lets not be ignorant people ,face the facts.

I am a former band student

I am a former band student and Mr. Bryant was my high school band director all through high school. Mr. Bryant was always willing to go out of his way for students to help them and the school board just wants to throw that all away??? Whoever had the nerve to spread this RUMOR around needs to grow up and stop being jealous!! Don't open your mouth until you know the facts! I love Mr. Bryant and Whiteville High School will NEVER find another director like him! They've lost the best teacher ever!

My Band Teacher

All I have to say is all of these people commenting negative thinngs about Mr. Bryant really need to find a hobby. All those rumors about him were a lie. Mr. Bryant was one of the only few teachers at WHS that actually cared about his students. Yes, he would fuss when things wasn't perfect but come on now. He was my best friend. He never crosssed me in any kind of way and I have NEVER seen him do anything to another student. Whiteville is just pathetic. The only crime I see Mr. Bryant guikty of is wasting his time trying to help people in Whiteville and all they do is take advantage of him. He was a great band director, he loved his job, and he looked as his students as if they were his own. I don't understand why someone would take aaway someone's life just like that. Mr. Bryant if you just so happen to read this, I love you and just let it go. Everything happens for a reason. It just means something better is coming your way. No one wants to listen to Butler stubborn self. I don't know much about his directing abilities but he is stubborn and when I was in the band I enjoyed sweating myself away in the sun with Mr. Bryant. Now if anyone has anything negative to say about this please don't post it. I would love for us to meet somewhere. You just naame the place and time and I'll be there. Everyone stay blessed and have a great day.

MR BRYANT

I HAVE WORKED WITH MR BRAYANT QUITE OFTEN AT SCHOOL AND NOT AT SCHOOL, HE HAS GONE OUT AND BEYOND TO HELP STUDENTS AT WHITEVILLE, IN FACT HE HAS WORKED ON WEEKENDS ON HIS ON TIME TO TRY AND HELP THE STUDENT ,WHAT OTHER TEACHER WOULD TAKE THERE WEEKEND TO WORK ,I SAW HIM AT THE FLEE MARKET ON SATURDAY BY HIMSELF AND WORKING TO HELP THE STUDENTS MR BUTLER DOES NOT HAVE THE KINDNESS TOWARDS STUDENTS AS MR BRYANT HAS, AND HE WILL BE MISSED, ALOT, I AM QUITE SURE THAT HE WILL BE ABLE TO GET A JOB ANY WHERE ./ THIS INVESTIGATION SHOULD HAVE BEEN WITH THE STUDENTS AND THE PARENTS AND I NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT THE ONES THAT THINK THEY KNOW SOMETHING BUT DON'T,IT IS BAD THAT OUT TOWN,NOTHING GOOD COME OUT OF IT BUT STUPID STUFF AS THIS, AND NEGATIVE STUFF, I BET MR BUTLER WON'T BE TAKING THE CHILDREN ANY WERE ANY TIME SOON, FOR ANY THING.A PARENT

Band Parents

I Don't Understand Whyy You Negative Insecure No-Life Parents Got Up Here Talking About Mr.Bryant When You Allowed Your Child To Be Apart Of His Band. If The Band Was So Sloppy And Horrible Then You Should Have Taken Your Child Out . The Band Is Going Downhill And For Parents To Be Happy With That Is Just A Shame. The Band Is All Whiteville High School Has Got Besides Sports. The Band Was The Best When Mr.Butler Was Here But That Was A Long Time Ago..!! The Band Got BETTER When CHANCE JEROME BRYANT Stepped Inn Ann Now We Playing Funeral Music. . !!! Oh Yeahh .... LEGGO.!!!

Its on!!!

FIRST LEGGO IZ A WORD IN SOME PEOPLES DICTIONARY AND YOU TALKING ABOUT BEING CHILDISH YOU THE ONE ON HERE TALKING ABOUT EVERYBODY ELSE SO YOUR STUPID SELF IS CHILDISH ALONG WITH US AND DONT COME HERE TRY TO BE ALL BAD WHEN YOUR SCARED TO EVEN SHOW ANYBODY YOUR NAME SO YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE CAME ON HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE AND I DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE IF YOU ARE BIG AND BAD YOU NEED TO SHOW YOUR NAME AND WE WILL ALL FIGURE THIS OUT OKAII! AND ONE MORE THING.........LEGGO!!!

Truth Be Told!

Mr. Bryant might have had his days where he was in one of those moods every teacher gets in where they just wanna ring everyones neck. but if you look at what kind of school he is teaching at and what kind of students he is teaching you will understand. WHS has some of the most disrespectful students not all are but there is a whole hand full of them. Yall say Butler was a better band director but NOT TRUE everyone in band this year wants bryant back because they dont like the way they are being treated by WC BUTLER he is very disrespectful and raises his voice for no reason.! ive been told by band students that they are scared to ask him for help because he always yells at them. When Mr. Bryant was there they sure didnt have that problem he was willing to stay after school and off hours helping any student in need of help. Also when butler was band director did he take the students to play at Disney World, Washington etc.. or did the band get asked to go to places and play like Washington and New York NOOOO they didnt.! Chance Bryant turned that band into something it had never been.! yeahhh the band was bigger when WC was director way back when and now its smaller but look how much society has changed kids just dont care to participate in things such as band and not only band but sports have gone down also. So I say Chance Bryant needs to be brought back so these students can continue on with what they loved because there is atleast 30 students who want to quit now and the band is what makes WHS look good and WHS needs all the help it can get and it wont go anywhere with out Bryant just sayin'... yall need to think about the students instead of what yall think is best for the school PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES and they deff. learn by them. so im pretty sure he has learned his lesson. Talk to students and see what they want and what they know is best for them... NOT the school board or parents because they have no clue what goes on in these teens heads and what they thinks best!

Get over it

To everyone that keeps commenting on this little petty story has no life. I understand that you want to make a argument for Mr. Bryant, but there is nothing you can do about it. And for the parent that keeps going back and forth, you need to grow up and get a life and worry about your kids rather then argue on the net thanks and good bye hope all of you idiots take me advice and leave this alone. And whoever keeps using LEGGO, NEWSFLASH that is not a word.

im going to need you to use

im going to need you to use your real name instead of being anoynymous. thanks.

if you know nothing about

if you know nothing about this situation PLEASE don't comment. and if your soooo concerted on the LEGGO not being a word, grow up and become my English teacher we could use you! =)

.................

whiteville high took pride in it's band being the most spirited and not to mention the biggest and best band around here. and if we suck so band why were we the ONLY band from north carolina chosen to represent the state in washington ?? which by the way we wont be participating in because of all this bull. ALL i can say right now is SMDH at all this !! LEGO YALL LEGO !

Bull

You know what I’m getting really tired of all of this non-sense about Mr. Bryant He’s probably the most dedicated teacher at WHS other than Mrs. Deans. It’s just the mentality of this place & don’t get it twisted it’s all of COLUMBUS BOGUS COUNTY always spreading rumors; they didn’t fire him because he did it but because of “BAD PLUBLICITY ” wtf
• -and the band is the best band around here if you don’t like it you try to instruct like 100 student
• This is not effecting just the band its effecting the cheerleading team, and the school
And you annoying parents need to get a life do you know how many registered sex offenders live amongst you & your children in this county is riddled with them if you afraid of your children’s quote on quote safety you need to rap them in bubble rap and put them in a private school on Mars -
-just sayn

WHS IS UNFAIR

I find it interesting that this post was written by a "VARISTY CHEERLEADER" on a school day, during school hours. Furthermore, if Ms. Deans is such a wonderful leader of her squad, I would think that she would be very disappointed to see the language being used by a member of her squad. This is part of the problem. The students at WHS are out of control. Language such as "wtf" should not be used by a person who is suppose to be a representative of WHS. The cheering squad is comprised of Ms. Dean's hand-picked favorites and as you can see by the language, these cheerleaders do not portray the image that WHS wishes to have publicized. WHS has a long history of non-biased activity. I think that a lot of things at WHS need to be investigated. I have been to WHS several times this year about unfair practices including various members of the faculty for different reasons. This if one of the very reasons that Whiteville City Schools is loosing stuents. Most of the teachers at WHS just look at their position as a "JOB" and they are just going through the motions waiting on retirement. There are not many teachers left that actually care about the student, and the ones that do are penelized for it. If there was a situation going on, then it have been addressed by the parents especially if there were as many instances as the rumors suggest there were. WHS is all about who you are and who you know. Special attention is given to certain students because of who their parents are, what they represent or how much money they give. This whole thing may have been nothing more than Mr. Bryant trying to buck the system and acutally make someone work for what they wanted in stead of handing it to them. Nobody will ever know the real reason behind these rumors because WHS will do what they always do, "SWEEP IT UNDER THE RUG"!!! The community needs to be more involved with all aspects of WHS and stop letting them get by with "Just letting our kids get by."

Hey.

People will surprise you. I'm sure the friends and family of the man responsible for the shooting of Columbine, knew him well and trusted that he would never do anything like that. Or the close ones to Ted Bundy. You never know what people will do. So shut up.

Whiteville Maddness!!!

So they said that students were interrogated during this investigation, obviously not a very good diverse of people. Mr. Bryant was a fatherly figure to many students in band, maybe to those who never knew there father, or someone that never had a good relationship with theirs. Although I will be the first to say he wasn't the type of person to make everything absolutely correct, but who is like that anyways. If Whiteville High School has made this decision saying this is better for the students, they are utterly wrong. The only programs that Whiteville is excelling in is Band and Athletic, but the odds now, we are looking and setting up for total destruction within a school. What high school football game do you go to and not hear a band? Well by the decision of the Board, Whiteville High School will be the first. The Band Parent complains about watching the band was cringing. If this parent knows so much about band they would understand that no one can perfectly walk a straight line. The Band Parent also said that the choice of music was horrible, well how about your child playing a song called "A One Man Show" be horrible. As WWAY said "a sad song is being played", a sad song indeed, a song that cries out from the hearts of band members saying that we loved Mr. Bryant, yes indeed in which that is sad. Mr. Bryant was a man of his word one that said what he thought and told you bluntly to your face what he believed. Furthermore, WWAY was looking for a story that they thought would be juicy and full of drama, well they now have a list full of complaints. So, I say to my fellow Whiteville High School peers, that this is just a turing point to an abomination of ones high school memories.

I will agree that WHS is not

I will agree that WHS is not nearly the school it once was. Back when I graduated many years ago we were proud to have graduated from there. The band is one of the last things we can be proud of at WHS and now a teacher has ruined it. As far as the songs our band has played they have been GREAT!! We have a good band, but I have seen the band when instead of being good they were GREAT. Maybe we will finally get that. Out with the old and in with the new. The really good students that want the band will stick with it. The quitters will quit. Just because this has happened doesn't mean we can't have a great band. There are alot of band members that need to quit. Only time will tell.

Sad & Sloppy

Whiteville High School's band has gotten sloppy! Since the story said it wasn't for the rumors we have all heard for years, it might just be that Mr. Bryant was fired for just being incompetent. Perhaps enough was enough.

Watching the band march in parades this year made me cringe! Central Middle School students were instep better than the high school! At football games band students would run around looking sloppy there as well! Uniforms half on, different color socks..even white! Once again, no one really in step. Musically the band was the roughest I have ever seen.

Whiteville High School needs to bring back the discipline and dignity of the band before Mr. Bryant took over. I hope the next band director imparts a since of class that has been missing from the program.

While I am glad my son has been able to participate in the band program, I have been disappointed at the quality of music education he has received. Next year will be his senior year. I hope he has a better role model, and a quality instructor.

Reply to "Sad & Sloppy”

“Sad & Sloppy” fits YOU just perfectly! “since of class” Good grief where did you get your diploma from?

You say that you’ve heard these rumors for years yet never ONCE addressed them and still allowed your child to participate in band? If you even thought for a skinny minute that the rumors were true what does that say about you? Sounds like more gossip & sensationalism to me!

Obviously you know NOTHING about Mr. Bryant and VERY LITTLE about the band members!

Back up 10 yards and punt again! You are way out of line! Next time try to bring a “SENSE OF CLASS” when you chime in!

Although you seem to think

Although you seem to think you have the omniscience to criticize Mr. Bryant's so-called "incompetence," sadly, you do NOT. It has always been placed in the the students hands whether or not we excel. No one could help the fact that the students could care less about how they were making the band look. If you want to complain about how the students behaved, maybe you should complain to the people who teach their children to behave like imbeciles -- the parents. You have no right to accuse Mr. Bryant of something only the PARENTS could've controlled. It's completely invalid to say that Mr. Bryant should've done a better job.

Please!!! Hush

So let me see, since your so educated within music and you have your bachelor's degree, you come to WHS and apply to be band director! Since you have the audacity to say we were oh so sloppy. If the band performances were so cringing than you have your opinion, but from my understanding at home football games the supporters all screamed and stood up. Just so you know, what most people think is easy it really isn't, you try playing a instrument, marching perfectly, and not missing anything. Exactly no humanly person can do that, so you should've kept that comment to yourself!!

WORD UP!!

Unbelievable

I believe that the problem was not just Mr. Bryant. The kids the past several years have been very difficult to deal with and I believe he handled them to the best of his ability. The band marched pretty darn good the past years I have been in it and they still do. These kids are not professional but they still do a great job. The show was terrific and I think the best we have done the past years I have been in the band. In my opinion not all of this is Mr. Bryant's fault. Half of it was the incompetent students who act like immature brats and refuse to listen to athority. So pretty much Mr. Bryant had to be a teacher, role modle, and parent for the kids. Just remember it takes alot to deal with 125 kid at once and im pretty sure you could have not done any better..

I agree with the above

I agree with the above parent that the band is not what it once was. I remember when the band had 181 members and they were awesome. Much better than recent years. This was when Butler was director. Bryant has been unable to control the slackers in the band and it has caused the band to suffer. Hopefully we will get a new director that will be able to straighten things out. For the kids that can't follow the rules then get them out of band. As for the music the band has played that is the one thing that has been great.

Wait just one moment...

You weren't in that band and you do not know how hard Mr.Bryant pushed his students to do better. Thanks to Mr.Bryant many students have learned to play new instruments and even those who were never taught to read music now can. He expanded the horizons of the band and brought national recognition to them.

Oh So Petty!!!

So you think that you have the audacity to say that the band was sloppy? I think not. Have you been to college for music education, do you have your degree within music, can you play the Bb Scale? Has your answer been no to these previous questions? If so, you don't have anything opinion to state about the subject. If your so good at picking at the faults of the band, you stand in front of 120 band members and tell us what to do. Can't do that can you, exactly so stop picking the faults and encourage your child within band and leave it be.

oh hush!

maybe you should be the new band teacher. as you can see the problem in places us as a band have gotten medals for(with Mr. Bryant.) .... This sounds like a job for you! =)

LEGGOO!

yo

man whs will suck and Fall without Mr.Bryant he sits with you and teach step by step he changed my playing skills from 0 to good and he is great don't no one want to play for Mr.Butler but i respect you though im just saying we nothing without HIM!

Well..

As You Can See People .. When You Took Away The Only Father Figure Some People Did Have, You Brought On Rebellion. Mention My Name On The News && Quote Me " Without Chance Bryant, Whiteville High Will Fall ".

Are you kidding?

That is the dumbest thing i have ever heard WHS is a lot more than the band