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Asst. principal pleads not guilty to DUI

June 6, 2006

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A Lawrence High School assistant principal on Monday entered a formal not-guilty plea to a DUI charge.

Jan Gentry, arrested May 20 on U.S. Highway 56 in western Douglas County, also is charged with a lane violation. She waived formal reading of the charges during a brief appearance in District Court.

Judge Pro Tem Peggy Kittel assigned her case to Judge Paula Martin's court and scheduled her next hearing for June 29.

A deputy's failure to sign a form sent to the state Division of Motor Vehicles means Gentry's license will not be suspended for 30 days pending the outcome of her court case. But it still could be suspended if she is convicted of DUI.

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Wilbur_Nether 7 years, 10 months ago

Ms. Gentry is entitled to the presumption of innocence under the law until her guilt has been proved, beyond reasonable doubt, in a court of law.

Lynch mobs are so 19th century.

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offtotheright 7 years, 10 months ago

I agree with this:

Never admit guilt or responsibility, use every loophole you can find, get a good lawyer, tie up the already burdened court system, and under no circumstances let them try to remove you from your job, even though it entails being a mentor and an example to the future young adults of this city, state, nation.

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swbsow 7 years, 10 months ago

I still think she likes KFC.

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ForThePeople 7 years, 10 months ago

If this was the "average" person, then you wouldn't be here, Enforcer.

Aw heck....we know Enforcer is just jealous because she is so far BELOW average. Therefore she attempts to compensate by trashing other people, since she didn't get all the attention she was hoping for with her legal problems. Probably didn't get any sympathy either and that's my quess as to why she is so hateful!

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swbsow 7 years, 10 months ago

Posted by enforcer (anonymous) on June 6, 2006 at 7:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

here is a stark reality, if it were any average person they would come down with the hammer. Money talks and Bulls*** walks., this is your system love it or leave it.

If this was the "average" person, then you wouldn't be here, Enforcer. The average person wouldn't have been criticized for hiring an attorney to advise them on a legal matter. The average person wouldn't have had it published that the sheriff's deputy forgot to sign his own name on the form. The average person wouldn't have had people call Driver Control to check it out.

Too many people are treating Ms. Gentry like she is supposed to be some kind of celebrity in this town. And like most "celebrities", there are those who take great glee in their less than perfect lives.

People, Ms. Gentry is an assistant principal. It is not really a position of power. She does not control the district nor the students' lives. She is a mentor but a mentor is not infallible. In fact, the best mentors are the ones that make mistakes & learn from them. She can take this & use it as an example to the students. "See students. This is what happens when you drink & drive. You get caught. You get in trouble. You have insults against your character thrown at you. You can put your job in jeopardy. Everyone scrutinizes what you do. And to top all of it off (and this is the zinger for teenagers) it is downrght embarrassing & humiliating to have happen."

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swbsow 7 years, 10 months ago

So what is the reason on having this article in the paper again? The same info minus some very insignificant details was in the paper yesterday. One can only conclude that the LJW has nothing better to do than to sling mud.

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conservativeman 7 years, 10 months ago

I vote for Ms. Gentry to represent Lawrence as the "Average Person".

Not Guilty.

Look at some of the school districts around Lawrence. Basehor-Linwood just fired their high school principle for being a b*tch. Easton voted in a new school board, sacked the principle and then recalled the board and reinstated the principle. Tonganoxie's principle had an affair with the Junior HS vice principle. Resulted in divorce and set a very bad moral example but she's still the principle.

Ms. Gentry is exemplary, discipline her if she's guilty but don't lose her.

Solution: Dissolve public education.

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powershopper 7 years, 10 months ago

Conservative: You may be correct; however, I don't recall the LJW ever recognizing Gentry for her accomplishments. It seems their intent is to drag her name through the mud rather than recognize her as an above average person. This is yellow, second rate journalism at its best if you ask me. I wouldn't expect any less from the Urinal World though.

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consumer1 7 years, 10 months ago

Ms Gentry just happens to be in a position that allows the LJW to throw her to the lions. (you) and they know by exploiting her as an educator they can sell some stinking papers. This rag is not much more than a local ENQUIRER.. Taking advantage of people who they know can generate sales.. THE LJW is a RAG. (and a used one at that). Ms. Gentry doesn't deserve any punishment from the school the law will take care of what the Laws say. END OF STORY.

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Confrontation 7 years, 10 months ago

Where's Yellowhouse with a prayer or poem for Ms. Gentry?

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 10 months ago

pundit:

You are 100% correct and I ahve stated several times on the other thread concerning this matter that I support Ms. Gentry's plea of "Not Guilty".

One should never plead "Guilty" unless on the specific advice of a competent (Good luck on that one!) attorney or unless a plea bargain or diversion has been worked out and firmly in place.

It is STILL the obligation the prosecution to PROVE beyond a reasonable doubt that the party charged is guilty of that charge.

In our legal system, some of which still exists, it is required that the State PROVE the charge and if the State cannot do that, then in the eyes of the law, the accused is "Not Guilty".

I support Ms. Gentry in her plea and encourage others to respect the legal system and allow it to work itself through the process.

Thanks.

Marion.

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jafs 7 years, 10 months ago

I completely disagree with pundit. Why not take responsibility immediately and save the taxpayers' money and the court's time? It would set a better example for young people, who might think that if they make mistakes, perhaps they should acknowledge them and take responsibility for them.

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pundit 7 years, 10 months ago

Many here should take a chill-pill,

NOBODY should plead anything but innocent at this point (first appearance).

I bet Marion and others here would too.

Let the process work.

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Daniel Speicher 7 years, 10 months ago

Ms. Gentry was my vice principal for two years in Jr. High and was an assistant principal at LHS all three years I was there. She is, without a doubt, one of the best administrators I have met. She is a wise counselor for students and an intelligent source of leadership for LHS and the entire school district. Despite how many tasks she had on her plate, she was always willing to sit down and talk with me when there was an issue I needed to speak with her about. And she always had a fair balance of benevolence and strictness that kept her in the role she had at LHS.

Do I think corrective action should be taken? Sure. Do I think it should be termination? DEFINITELY NOT! Suspension for a portion of the school year with an interim administrator filling the void would be sufficient. One incident does not a horrible administrator make. When it boils down we are all important people to someone and we all make mistakes. I think firing someone for one mistake after a career of wise decisions and great counsel is irresponsible. I cringe to think of our ever-weakening staff and faculty at USD 497 losing a great principal like Ms. Gentry.

--Danny Speicher

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conservative 7 years, 10 months ago

If Ms Gentry was an average person the story wouldn't have made the paper. Not saying she's getting special treatment, but unfortunately many people each week get DUI and most don't make the newspaper columns.

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powershopper 7 years, 10 months ago

couldn't agree with you more bankboy119.

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bankboy119 7 years, 10 months ago

I'd consider Ms. Gentry an average person.

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Kathy Gragg 7 years, 10 months ago

here is a stark reality, if it were any average person they would come down with the hammer. Money talks and Bulls*** walks., this is your system love it or leave it.

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consumer1 7 years, 10 months ago

I see who cast the first stone...

It must be wonderful to be perfect. It is so easy for you A** holes to sit in the comfort of your easy chair and find others guilty. What a bunch of Schmucks...

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justsomewench 7 years, 10 months ago

i see the message going out as this:

parents...if you're depending on a random, solitary school official to be the only guiding influence in your child's life, you have bigger problems than you think.

children...if you think "but ms. gentry did it" is an viable excuse for drinking and driving, you have bigger problems than you think.

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Ceallach 7 years, 10 months ago

I doubt that our high school students think this is a dead horse. She is irresponsible enough to drink and drive, keeps her driver's license because of a legal loophole, and now is not even being responsible enough to take the consequences of her bad judgment.

The message going out is: Listen up kids! Never admit guilt or responsibility, use every loophole you can find, get a good lawyer, tie up the already burdened court system, and under no circumstances let them try to remove you from your job, even though it entails being a mentor and an example to the future young adults of this city, state, nation.

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Marion Lynn 7 years, 10 months ago

Neigh!

Neigh!

Whinny!

Whinny!

Neigh!

Flog!

Neigh!

Flog, flog!

Whinny, Whinny!

opps

no pulse

dead horse

Thanks.

Marion.

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