East Forsyth teacher, coach suspended after recorded threats, cursing

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A teacher and coach at East Forsyth High School has been suspended five days without pay after a profanity-filled conversation recorded by a student was made public.

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School board voted to suspend Mike Muse after emerging from closed session Monday evening.

Earlier this month, the family of Dillon Tschrnko, 15, released a recording of a conversation they say happened on Jan. 19.

Tschrnko questioned how many texts Muse and East Forsyth school resource officer James Deeney sent a 16-year-old female student. The Winston-Salem Journal reported the confrontation happened after the student told the men Tschrnko’s questioning was “weird.”

According to the recording, which was made on a cell phone, the men threatened to
sue Tshrnko’s family for slander and financially ruin them.

In another recording, school resource officer James Deeney told Tschrnko that a student who accused Winston Stephns Jr. of sexual misconduct in December couldn’t return to campus because other students would beat him up.

Last Tuesday, Kernersville Police suspended Deeney for five days and moved him out of the school. Police said Deeney fell short in his responsibilities by displaying poor judgement in the interaction.

A temporary SRO has been put in place at East Forsyth while they look for Deeney’s replacement.

The Journal reported Tschrnko received threats on social media, and the family moved him to a different school.