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Radio Talk Show Host's Comments Spark Controversy in Luzerne County School District
By Andy Mehalshick
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County-Rob Neyhard has worked in radio and television for more than 40 years and says he has never seen anything quite like this before. Comments he made on a talk show he hosted on WILK radio in August of 2013 so angered many in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District that the school board voted to terminate a contract with Service Electric Cable TV Company which broadcasts the district's sporting events. Neyhard told Eyewitness News, "I was talking about the situation near G.A.R High School at the time and said I would not want to be a teacher at G.A.R because teachers spend most of their time disciplining students instead of teaching them. I also said they should install metal detectors at G.A.R. I made the comments in the context of the rash of violent crimes that were happening in the Heights section of the city very close to G.A.R. I also said many of the students did not have respect for teachers. I did not mean every student." The school board released a statement Wednesday that said in part that Neyhard did not portray a true and accurate image of the school district or G.A.R and did not know what he was talking about. Service Electric General Manager Larry Shewack told Eyewitness News, "We did not agree with Mr. Neyhard's comments and he does not express the opinions of this company." Neyhard said he received a call from the company that handles the cable broadcasting saying he was fired from his position. Neyhard said he is reviewing all options and has not ruled out a lawsuit possibly against the Wilkes-Barre Area School District.