We get it. You’re tired of Mary Beth Haglin, Ralph Plagman and the sex scandal at Cedar Rapids Washington. The latest development, however, is too juicy for us to settle for the docile coverage found this week at the Gazette and KCRG News.

It turns out that not only was Ralph Plagman protecting a rumored sex offender…he was actively endorsing her to work at other schools!


Yet, still; there are Washington PTA members, angry at the district, getting front page coverage from the Gazette.

The Cedar Rapids Defender has obtained the exclusive original letter of recommendation Dr. Plagman wrote for Miss Haglin….while he suspected she was a sex predator.

If you don’t get the satire…you should be reading Molly Duffy…instead of us.

Employment Recommendation for Mary Beth Haglin:

Mary Beth Haglin was a fine educator that worked as a substitute English teacher for me at Washington. During her time here she demonstrated immense drive to understand students at a personal level, even accompanying more difficult kids on daily visits to the park, where they cleared the air while sitting in her car.

At no time was Mary ever a problem. Her tenure at Washington left a lasting impact on my career. Several of my colleagues will attest to the same thing.

There were some questions that came up in the past…something regarding ethical violations…but we were quick to dismiss them as baseless rumors, with no social media evidence to back.

Could you imagine sleeping with a student, then lacking the intuition to not appear with said student in public?

That would be blasphemy. My staff is better than that. Anything said about Miss Haglin I will defend with my personal reputation.

We are sad to see her go before the end of the school year. Unfortunately Miss Haglin must leave us because she has personal matters to attend to involving a friend.

Allow me to state unequivocally: This personal matter shall not preclude Miss Haglin from other teaching jobs…this year…in the Cedar Rapids School District. You have my word. Miss Haglin was a model employee during her time at Washington.

I recommend that Mary be placed within the next nine days. Preferably with younger children. She has a real gift for relating to male students. Come to think of it….if I were an administrator at Harrison…reading this endorsement…I may respond:


You could say she’s your problem now and not mine. Even if the unthinkable happened, I will simply coast into retirement and enjoy my pension. People love me. They support Dr. Ralph Plagman…no matter the facts.


Dr. Ralph Plagman

Principal, Washington High School

Making this whole thing even creepier (that’s possible) is Mary Beth Haglin on the loose in Cedar Rapids. She had a camera crew in town from Inside Edition to film her side of the story this week. We call it recommended viewing…if you like chills down your spine.

Despite the woe-is-me closure to her Inside Edition appearance, Mary Beth Haglin sightings around town are common. Word has it she’s back on the market after her little snafu that took down an administration and challenges the credibility of a school board.

Good news for the multitude of men in CR that comment publically….”Where were the teachers like THAT when I was in school?!”

One of our favorite social media finds currently, is local men commenting on articles about her criminal case

“Dude. This is that chick I danced with last night! The second one…WTF…”

Miss Haglin herself pops up in Facebook comment sections, threatening to sue users for libel (the CR Gazette later deleted the comment).

The student at the heart of this scandal has been off limits to traditional media in Cedar Rapids. The student body and multiple Washington parents have been more than happy to do the doxing for the Gazette, KCRG and KGAN…frequently outing his immature public response to the scandal. Hotter heads are prevailing at Washington…and the Plagman apologists are still garnering a majority of the media coverage.

Their consensus: “Blame the 17 year old that’s thinking with his dick and the naive rapists BUT NOT the administration that covered their tracks.”


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