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Students, parents raise voices in support of Johnston school officer

Posted October 26, 2010
Updated October 27, 2010

— The firing of a school resource officer in Johnston County prompted a flurry of support Tuesday.

Sheriff Steve Bizzell said Todd Fair, 40, a school resource officer at West Johnston High School, admitted to sending "inappropriate photographs of himself" to a student.

"This is completely out of the blue. Nobody expected this of him," said David Peddersen, a senior at the school.

Former student Michael Wells said, "I would have to see proof. It does not seem like Fair at all."

It's unclear when the photos were sent.

Bizzell said he has submitted the matter to the district attorney for investigation and a determination of possible criminal charges.

Fair, who was hired in September 2000, "engaged in inappropriate conduct and conduct unbecoming of a law enforcement officer," according to the sheriff's office.

"I don't believe this. I don't believe any of this," Peddersen said.

School resource officer Todd Fair Students rally to Johnston officer's defense

Maddie Calzaretta, a parent of a student at West Johnston, called Fair a "great man."

"He was always there in any aspect you needed him, and I just can't believe it," she said.


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  • wildcat Oct 28, 2010

    These kinds of people believe anything you tell him. He did it and admitted to it. Now move on please. Thanks.

  • ellieeeeexx Oct 28, 2010

    how do you not believe it..? he admitted to it.

  • countrygirl21892 Oct 28, 2010

    Well for one "most" of the school minus you and a few others don't believe it but you know what you can believe whatever you want that's you. iv know the fair family for a long time and I don't think he sent them just to send them but it's fine everyone can speak there mines so I spoke mine.

  • javrion7 Oct 28, 2010

    I also knew Officer Fair very well and considered him a great guy and a good officer, I am shocked that something like this happened. However, working with students is one of the quickest ways to get yourself fired and/or arrested and every cop knows this. Fair has been doing this for a long time and knew better than to put himself in this type of predicament. This comes as a blow to every SRO and Officer who has to battle against such things as this. To say that I am disappointed would be a major understatement. The biggest victims in this case are his wife and children, they will be the ones that suffer through the long run. Think on that.

  • ellieeeeexx Oct 28, 2010

    I do not feel bad or have any sort of sympathy for Todd Fair. He put himself in this situation. Whether or not the pictures were nude, he still should not have other female student's numbers; and definitely should not be texting or sending pictures to them. This is not something a SRO should be doing. He was at West Johnston to protect the students and faculty, not to become friends with 16 female students. I'm tired of hearing about how he was "trapped" or it wasn't his fault; yes, it was. he put himself in that situation and then he confessed to the accusations being true. and @countrygirl, please do not say that your comment is from "WJHS" because me and several other students do not feel that way.

  • countrygirl21892 Oct 28, 2010

    I'v known him for a long time. He is the greatest officer in the state of North Carolina. He has personly helped me several times, nevermind the rest of the students at our school. He has made the biggest impact in so many lives. He has always came to school with a great attitude, and has put smiles on peoples faces through the rough times and the great times. It isnt the same here at school. As we walk past his office, we realize that we are missing a part of West Johnston High. We are all praying for you Officer Fair. We will all be here if you need us. God Bless you!

  • COPs eye Oct 28, 2010

    I dont know the contents of the photos, but regardless of the contents of the photos, Deputy Fair allowed himself to be in a situation that was perceived as inappropriate. Society never remembers all the good you do especially after it is made public that you have done something bad.

  • Vietnam Vet Oct 27, 2010

    So far all anyone is saying is that he sent "inappropriate" photos to a student. I think someone needs to define inappropriate. I'm sure there are some school administrators that would consider a photo of his foot inappropriate. Seems like someone with 10 years in would have more sense than this???

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  • sunshineonmyshoulder Oct 27, 2010

    JAT-You're choosing to hold one person accountable for their actions and not another. Accoutability for one's actions is certainly something that I expect by age 16. It is not fair nor smart to dismiss the student's actions just because they are the student. In my opinion, NOT holding our young people accountable for their actions these days is exactly why we have to have Resource Officers in our schools to begin with.