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McLean Coach Resigns After Drug Charge

John Thomas also teaches special education at McLean High School.

A McLean High School baseball coach has resigned after being charged with a drug offense.

John K. Thomas, a baseball coach at McLean High, was charged with possession of marijuana and driving without a license on Feb. 5, said Fairfax County Police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell. Fairfax County Schools spokesman John Torre said Tuesday that Thomas had resigned as a coach at McLean High School.

Thomas is also a special education teacher at the high school. Torre said he will continue his teaching assignment at the school as a special education instructor.

Thomas, 35, of Fairfax was stopped by Fairfax County police for displaying an improper vehicle registration at about 2:45 p.m. Feb. 5 on the exit onto I-66 from eastbound Route 7, Caldwell said.

DEIII February 14, 2013 at 03:09 PM
This doesn't even come close to the Jerry Sandusky case, and if you think people see Sandusky as a great guy, you might want to s0end a day in State College. I go to Penn State, that man is seen as the right hand to the devil. Coach Thomas is still a great man to this very day.
Bobby Onions February 14, 2013 at 03:49 PM
It is an absolute disgrace to even introduce Sandusky into this discussion. That parallel in any form is absolutely inexcusable and would not come from anyone who has ever had contact with Coach Thomas? For the record, 15 year olds are not allowed to consume alcohol, smoke cigarettes or even operate a motor vehicle in the state of Virginia. Its in large part b/c their minds are still developing. The comments above indicate that some minds will never reach a maturation point expected in a functioning adult.
JB February 15, 2013 at 01:07 AM
We can all agree that Thomas was a great coach, dedicated teacher, and mentor to many young people in the McLean community. But one of the lessons to be learned is that when one breaks the rules, there are consequences. If we want the rules established by parents, schools, society, etc., to have meaning, there must be repercussions for violations. In this case, agree or not, marijuana is an illegal drug and it's possession is a criminal offense. John Thomas will pay a price for his indiscretion. Does that mean we turn our back on him and walk away? I would hope not. His life is not over; he will have many years to teach, coach, mentor, and pursue his passions in life. It may not be at McLean H.S. But that is the cost of poor judgement in this case.
Bobby Onions February 15, 2013 at 03:08 PM
JB - I every sentiment you have expressed is accurate but I still think you are missing the point. Coach Thomas is not a high school student, nor his he a highly paid Division One Atlantic Coast Conference Head Coach. Unfortunately his poor judgement will only give him back the 50+ hours he was likely committing to the job each week. Coaching today in the public high school environment is virtually volunteerism. The stipends they receive would likely not even cover the gasoline expense for their commute. Its an unfortunate situation and it is certainly not conduct to be applauded. That said, the community of McLean really cannot afford to lose the continual contribution Coach Thomas makes each year. Hopefully his lengthy track record and the very minor nature of this infraction will be applied to the ultimate outcome.
Riding dirty February 15, 2013 at 04:56 PM
No, we dont all agree that he was a great coach. But we should agree, making poor choices- something he preaches to his players not to do, have consequences. The school and the county must use equal and consistent discipline in addressing an employee who chose to bring and use illegal drugs during contract hours of employment .

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