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Aug 2, 2011 5:33 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Police: Eastport South Manor Teacher Charged With Fourth DWI

Aug 3, 2011 2:45 PM

A social studies teacher at the Eastport South Manor High School in Manorville was arrested last week in his hometown of Long Beach after he attempted to flee from police to avoid being charged with DWI for a fourth time, according to authorities.

A press release issued by the Long Beach Police Department stated that 38-year-old Timothy Schroeder was arrested on July 25 and charged with felony DWI—his fourth such charge—because he has more than two previous DWI convictions.

Police said they spotted Mr. Schroeder using his cellphone without a hands-free device and pulled him over on the shoulder of East Park Avenue in Long Beach. As an officer was approaching his gray Acura, Mr. Schroeder sped off—committing 21 traffic violations in the process—before abandoning his vehicle on East Fulton Street. He then attempted to flee the scene on foot, police said.

When the officer caught up to Mr. Schroeder, authorities said he resisted arrest and began fighting with the officer. A good samaritan assisted the officer in restraining Mr. Schroeder until three additional officers could respond and subdue him.

In addition to the 21 traffic violations, Mr. Schroeder was charged with DWI and first-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, both felonies, as well as unlawfully fleeing a police officer while in a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device, all misdemeanors.

Police said Mr. Schroeder, who was driving with a suspended license, did not have an interlock device installed on his car, as mandated by the State Department of Motor Vehicles due to his prior DWI convictions.

Mr. Schroeder was arraigned in Long Beach City Court, and after failing to post $100,000 bail, was remanded to the Nassau County Jail in East Meadow. He was due to return to court last Thursday, July 28, but officers with the Long Beach Police Department did not immediately return calls seeking additional information.

When reached on Monday, Eastport South Manor school officials would only confirm that Mr. Schroeder was employed by the district. They declined to say how long he has worked for the district or what grade he teaches at the junior-senior high school.

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why was he still teaching? 3 dwi's and a interlocking device-he certainly didn't belong in the school system-That school district is a joke.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 3, 11 7:26 AM
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This is the fourth time he has been charged with a DWI? Did he hire an attorney and walk from the other three charges? What is the law doing here--waiting for him to kill someone? FOUR times--are you kidding me?!?!?!
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Aug 3, 11 9:59 AM
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I bet some teacher who was cut from the budget ahead of this dude is wondering A) how the ???, and B) does this mean I can have my job back?
By traffic (26), Southampton on Aug 3, 11 11:41 AM
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Great example for our children. We're paying hundreds of thousands to our school districts & this is the best they can come up with? Drunks & heroin addicts? Half of a teacher's job is to be someone the kids can look up to. Shame on the administrators in this school!
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Aug 3, 11 1:16 PM
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Who is/was a "heroin addict?"

Or are you equating them?
By Frank Wheeler (1826), Northampton on Aug 3, 11 3:18 PM
She is refering to Coach McCreedy from the Southampton Elem school he was arrested for heroin.
By Crankypants (34), SOUTHAMPTON on Aug 3, 11 3:29 PM
Trust me we've been wondering the same thing at the school.
By bigman16 (2), manorville on Aug 3, 11 7:21 PM
ESM knows how to pick winners...
By bigman16 (2), manorville on Aug 3, 11 7:22 PM
I read the headline and knew right away exactly who it was. I don't know exactly how long he's been in the district, but I want to say it is around 10 years, maybe more.
By Vera_Chinese (1), Middle Island on Aug 3, 11 10:24 PM
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I believe it is about 12 years
By mmicari (1), Flanders on Aug 3, 11 10:52 PM
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What an outrage. This guy should have lost his job after the first DUI years ago. Instead, he still makes $85,000 a year (see www dot seethroughny dot net)... no wonder he can afford his Acura and all the drugs and booze. Our system allows this to happen while teachers who actually give a hoot lose their jobs because they are lower on the totem pole. A great cover story for why the current tenure system is pure trash.
By beanie0911 (3), Manorville on Aug 3, 11 11:38 PM
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By an old ESM grad (1), Port Jefferson on Aug 4, 11 12:37 PM
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What he has done is inexcusable, but where in the article does it mention he is tenured?
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Aug 4, 11 2:34 PM
As a member of the community, I know he is tenured. Do you think a non-tenured employee would have been given this much leeway? I bet a lot of the 24 teachers ESM had to lay off this year are questioning the system when this joker got to keep his job!
By beanie0911 (3), Manorville on Aug 4, 11 7:06 PM
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I understand the outrage that this man teaches our children, but why is any person who is on their fourth DWI not in jail or at least being monitored? I would hope after resisting arrest and all of the publicity from this present DWI, something will be done to get this guy help or lock him up. Get him off our streets and away from our children!
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Aug 4, 11 7:55 AM
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Mr. schroeder has worked there at ESM for mad long and he has ten-yer he is a lot of students favorite teacher. he may make some mistakes but he is a dedicated teacher and a great one at that
By sanders1337 (1), eastport on Aug 4, 11 11:39 AM
wow.....maybe your past English teachers should be fired too.
By reallydude (2), mastic on Aug 5, 11 1:01 PM
And your comment was a bit rude.
By Allergic2Stupidity (77), Riverhead on Aug 5, 11 4:34 PM
this is out of control; it doesn't matter that he is a dedicated teacher in the classroom or not, he should no longer have a position at this school. He has his the privledges of DJing at school dances taken away, and his title of football coach taken away, and he still continues to disappoint the parents and students of this school district. I graduated from ESM in 2005 and had Schroeder as a teacher more than once. He was a great teacher, but there was always something going on with him. As a ...more
By an old ESM grad (1), Port Jefferson on Aug 4, 11 12:34 PM
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What a moron - hope he drops the soap alot in jail. Anyone who drinks and drives is an idiot but a teacher -get a frigging life! You are supposed to be a mentor.
By LovedHerTown (132), southampton on Aug 4, 11 1:12 PM
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lovely.
By kaluss (113), Southampton on Aug 4, 11 1:54 PM
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By lolzx3, Manorville on Aug 4, 11 2:05 PM
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How can the ESM administration have someone like this on there staff? The prior/current problems were public knowledge. There is a cover-up here somewhere.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 4, 11 4:57 PM
As someone who has known Mr. Schroeder since his days at Stony Brook, I have always known him to be a great guy. I am in no way justifying the poor choices that he has made whatsoever. He should consider himself lucky that he didn't kill someone, or himself for that matter. It is quite obvious that he needs to get help and hopefully this incident will finally be the wake up call that will get him on the right track. People should really find better things to do with their time instead of bashing ...more
By crusso1228 (1), coram on Aug 4, 11 8:20 PM
"I am sure that all of you know someone who has gone through a similar situation in their life."

Yes, but they aren't teaching my children.
By reallydude (2), mastic on Aug 5, 11 1:02 PM
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mr. schroeder is a great teacher and a great guy. all you haters on here need to get something better to do. if you have all this extra time to sit on the computer and hate on people maybe you should prepare a campaign for the 2012 presidency. god only know we need some help in that category... and if you don't believe me ask my 401(k)...
By JIMMYhawk (1), manorville on Aug 4, 11 10:54 PM
Great guy or not he has 4 DWI's. Would you be so quick to defend him if you had lost a loved one or a friend to a drunk driver?

By poolguy (1), hampton bays on Aug 9, 11 9:35 AM
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Just read the Newsday story-Mr. Schroeder belongs upstate for 7-10 years. This was his 3rd strike. Lets hope the judge does the right thing.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 5, 11 7:23 AM
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Except the only employee class more protected than the teacher is the catholic priest.
By local69 (65), southampton on Aug 5, 11 7:39 AM
I am sure Mr. Schroeder is a nice guy and a devoted teacher. I feel very badly for his family. However, it is time for him to take the time he needs to get help or his disease will never be under control. His drinking and then driving is a problem that will affect some innocent person someday--and that is a reality .Mr. Schroeder--you need to step up to the plate and do what is right here. I wish you success and the strength you will need for this lifelong battle.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Aug 5, 11 11:46 AM
As a student at ESM, I can tell you first hand that most kids know of Mr. Schroeder's past problems, and many still like him as a teacher. But what he has done has crossed the line, and has also brought shame to the school district. I hope he is fired and convicted so he doesn't do anything dumb again. It's a shame because he is actually a very nice guy, and an above-average teacher who has been tenured about 10 years.
By athleticgenius (2), Manorville on Aug 5, 11 4:59 PM
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he has been tenured 14 years, sorry for the mistake, as a social studies teacher who teaches 8th grade.
By athleticgenius (2), Manorville on Aug 5, 11 5:02 PM
Someone looks like they need to see an opthamologist before they get to rehab. Good luck. You've got another battle now besides the one you already had....evidently.
By kaluss (113), Southampton on Aug 5, 11 5:22 PM
And who are you to judge if someone has a battle to face.. please don't even go down that road. Unless you have had a chemical dependance issue that has thrown your life into the vicious merrygoround, you have no say on who does or does not need rehab or has a problem!


By Allergic2Stupidity (77), Riverhead on Aug 10, 11 2:14 PM
So after reading twenty odd comments... I'd like to give it a shot .
Fact: taugt for 35 years ins school distance.
Fact:coached football for 33 years
Fact: served as a certified police officer for over three decades
So with that being said ... Now this,,
How can one sit in the back of apolicecar cuffed marandized etcnot ask themselves what the he'll didido. .
Then again and followed by two moreagains!!!!
With the encore being fleeing from police jeopardizing a momtakingher ...more
By kahuna (69), Tampa on Aug 5, 11 6:06 PM
Hey Kuhune.. Good to hear your comments...Any of your DWI'S look like him???? Your ol' uncle milt..
By unclemilt (57), southampton on Aug 13, 11 12:13 AM
Never said. I could type... Did teach I south manor school distance.
Also read above and separate a couple of the hooked together words.
I was too quick on the trigger as I typed... Mea culpable!,
By kahuna (69), Tampa on Aug 5, 11 6:13 PM
rehab is not an option this time-he's already abused that privledge.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Aug 5, 11 6:48 PM
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It is due time that ESM do a thorough review of it's faculty AND staff.... parents become aware when poor behavior and choices make it to the news, yet students seem to know all along what goes on in the private lives of their teachers... facebook, loose lips .. it's a wonder teachers get any respect at all. It's a disgrace. And it's scary. I blame administration who continues to turn a blind eye until something goes terribly wrong. With students, they maintain a strict zero-tolerance policy; ...more
By reileyj (2), Manorville on Aug 7, 11 9:32 AM
I have two children in the district and can tell you first hand that there definitely needs to be some scrutiny in the so called professionals that are involved with our children on a daily basis. Taxpayers are getting ripped by a paying to have teachers that are in it just for the big pay check. There is no feeling I get that they actually care about the kids. What are the credentials for hiring at ESM? Fed up.
By Island Girl (2), Manorville on Sep 12, 11 6:58 AM
I have two children in the district and can tell you first hand that there definitely needs to be some scrutiny in the so called professionals that are involved with our children on a daily basis. Taxpayers are getting ripped by a paying to have teachers that are in it just for the big pay check. There is no feeling I get that they actually care about the kids. What are the credentials for hiring at ESM? Fed up.
By Island Girl (2), Manorville on Sep 12, 11 6:59 AM
and there we go, TENURED!!! This should not be allowed anymore people! This is the 4th time he got CAUGHT! How many times has he been driving drunk around this island with everyone on this board driving? I don't care if he's made of gold, or how much the kids "love him", it's not that hard to be lovable when your drunk, unless you're running from the cops for your 4th DWI.
By just breath (82), yuck on Aug 7, 11 10:47 AM
It doesn't matter what opinions any of you have ultimately it is up to the judge and the school district. What he has is a disease... one that he will hopefully put to rest at this point a day at a time. There are PLENTY of teachers out there who drink and drive, smoke pot, do worse drugs and keep their jobs they just don't get CAUGHT. He's lucky to have been caught because maybe he can stop torturing himself and his family with this disease. Did he drink and drive on the way to school??? Is ...more
By TeachMath (3), 11713 on Aug 7, 11 11:10 PM
How can you compare someone who recklessly and gets behind the wheel drunk not 1,2 or 3 but FOUR times to someone with cancer? Is cancer a disease that will take the lives of others along with the afflicted? I understand alcoholism is a disease, but it is a social disease and he has no business infecting others in society by his poor choices. Say a student got in the car with him one afternoon? I understand he is an athletic coach .. what if he drove a kid to a game after a few beers? Yes, ...more
By reileyj (2), Manorville on Aug 8, 11 11:44 AM
Maybe you should do some research on alcoholism and rethink what you just said. It is not a moral choice - it is a disease just like cancer. As far as the student getting in the car scenario - did it happen??? No... so it's not a topic to be discussed. Do you think he wanted to do this to himself and his family and the community??? It is a perfect example of untreated alcoholism. I'm not saying he shouldn't have to face repercussions but I'm saying publicly bashing him on this board is ignorant ...more
By TeachMath (3), 11713 on Aug 8, 11 8:52 PM
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Wow that was profound laurie!!!
By imanoldhag13 (2), holbrook on Aug 22, 11 9:12 PM
The only judgment that the public should be making is whether or not he is serving the community. Is he making a positive impact on the lives of the students he works with every day? The details of his private life are none of our business. He was not arrested for drinking and driving with a student in the car. He was not drunk at school. It is wrong what he did. But his position as an educator is irrelevant. Using his bad judgment as an opportunity to bash teacher tenure/seniority/the profession ...more
By sherbrooke (2), eastport on Aug 8, 11 2:36 AM
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The frustration with this situation is that Mr. Schroeder is a professional and is not taking his job/life/family situation/safety of others seriously. Do you think an acclaimed attorney at a law firm would have his job after 2, 3, 4 DWI's? Do you think an acclaimed doctor at one of our local hospitals would lose his job after 2, 3, 4 DWIs? Why should an acclaimed teacher at our local school be any different?

I am beyond surprised that when the community seeks dignity, respect, and trustworthiness ...more
By beanie0911 (3), Manorville on Aug 8, 11 7:00 PM
Even though this may be his fourth DWI his prior convictions may have been dropped to lesser charges. Yes, he is a teacher and is responsible to maintain a certain character due to his profession but it does not mean he is a bad person. We all know, or should know, alcohol is a disease that sometimes when treated it takes more than one time to "get it". He should have just pulled over instead of adding more charges to his case. No one should run from the police. Obviously, it wasn't to his ...more
By Cali (4), Sag Harbor on Aug 8, 11 10:07 AM
Mr. Schroeder's disease affects us all when he continually drinks and then gets behind the wheel. It does not matter what his profession is. He is going to kill someone someday. Hopefully, rehab will be court mandated and enforced and Mr. Schroeder will follow through. I, again, wish him well.
By Mrs.Sea (268), Sag Harbor on Aug 8, 11 12:40 PM
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By just breath (82), yuck on Aug 8, 11 7:03 PM
PEOPLE WHO JUDGE DONT MATTER... AND PEOPLE WHO MATTER DON'T JUDGE. HOPE ALL OF YOU NEVER COME ACROSS A LOVED ONE WHO SUFFERS FROM THIS DISEASE!
By TeachMath (3), 11713 on Aug 8, 11 8:55 PM
My father does.

Debilitating in it's effect, and curtails what would be a much longer, and more prosperous life.
By Mr. Z (11819), North Sea on Aug 8, 11 10:06 PM
Actually, we had a member who liked to drink & drive, we disabled her car and made her call a taxi each time she had to go out ... she was a menance to herself and to others...
By Bill in Riverhead (190), Riverhead on Aug 10, 11 3:52 PM
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He is suppose to be a role model for his students both in and ouside the classroom. Unfortunately for him his situation is all over the news. He is a high school teacher so the students are well aware of his behavior and as a parent this isn't the type of person I want influencing my child. Who is to say that he hasn't come to school under the influence. He needs serious help and the 90 days he spent in jail from his last conviction didn't scare him straight. He is now a father and needs to get ...more
By lifesaver (118), speonk on Aug 8, 11 11:51 PM
Reiley is correct TeachMath, please do not compare a drunk with a cancer patient The cancer patient did not have a CHOICE. YOUR FRIEND DID. I also ask why if he is such an upstanding person why was he not following the rules set up for him, IE a breathalizer in his car. I am so sick of people saying alcoholics and drug users have a disease, I will repeat my self getting a disease is not a CHOICE getting HIGH is!
By sagharborparent (30), sag harbor on Aug 9, 11 5:50 PM
As a person in recovery from this disease (yes a disease acknowledged by the AMA & ins companies), the solution is simple. Just like a child doing something bad, if it goes unpunished the child will continue the behavior. There is no doubt in my mind that if he does not lose his job AND face jail time, he will repeat the behavior. This is what is known as reaching a bottom. Allowing for him to continue working in the district will be catastrophic for him and more importantly students. Apparently, ...more
By EQmom (18), East Quogue on Aug 9, 11 11:32 PM
EQmom - You are absolutely correct. As someone who lost a close friend to a DWI, I have no sympathy for anyone who drinks & drives. I give you a lot of credit for seeking help & I wish you the best of luck with your recovery.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Aug 10, 11 9:52 AM
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there you go "TENURED" you can't fire this guy because of this. This guy has only been "CAUGHT" 4 times. How many times have we been on the same roads and not been killed by him? Maybe this is more along the lines of the article ;)
By just breath (82), yuck on Aug 10, 11 8:43 AM
So many good teachers being hammered by the actions of one. The fact that he has been "caught " four times shows that our police officers are doing a good job and the COURTS have failed us. Let"s put the blame were it should be. The courts could have taken action to protect this man from himself and the general public.
By unclemilt (57), southampton on Aug 13, 11 12:24 AM
Sadly this alcoholic needs to hit bottom hard this time to finally want to get better. He is a danger to himself and others. I hear he is an excellent History Teacher. Perhaps the ESM Teachers, Union and BOE need to pressure him to resign his position in return for preserving his NYS Teaching license. Hopefully he can turn his life around and return to teaching some day, but that should be up to him. We should all feel bad about his situation, but not continue to enable him.
By METCOMedia (116), Hampton Bays on Aug 13, 11 1:51 PM
WOW!!!! That was quite profound! Your a disgrace yourself!!! Let's start outing you about the havoc you cause to destroy families!
By imanoldhag13 (2), holbrook on Aug 22, 11 9:18 PM