A substitute teacher running for school board in South Carolina now has something in common with his students: A dog ate his homework. In this case, his homework was a petition with about 200 signatures — a requirement for running for the Beaufort County Board of Education.
Since it was the night before the petition was due, Terry Thomas won’t be on the ballot come November.
His candidacy met its soggy end on a fateful evening last week when he stepped outside to get the mail. When he came back inside the house, he found his 8-month-old Labrador/bull mastiff (a Mastador) puppy, Spencer, with a mouthful of paper. To his horror, he realized they were the papers he had left on the kitchen counter.
“He goes after the darndest things,” Thomas told the Beaufort Gazette. Paper is high on Spencer’s chewing list, says Thomas.
Thomas appears to be taking his political demise in stride.
“I’m rather disappointed, but I can’t do anything about it,” Thomas said. “That’s the luck of the draw.”
Mastadors seem to have a reputation for being mouthy. If you’re curious, check out this Facebook discussion involving a Mastador who nearly ate her owner’s wooden deck.
Thomas says one upshot of the paper-shredding incident is that he may have a little more empathy for students using common excuses. “Now I might believe them,” he said.