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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Kevin Bean is a 36-year-old teacher from Boyertown, Pennsylvania. He teaches 5th and 6th graders.

Most teachers have side jobs. For Bean, though, his side gig recently put him in the spotlight. His side gig is as a professional wrestler.

Kevin Bean protrays Blitzkreig, a wrestling character

Kevin Bean is known in the wrestling community as Blitzkrieg, “The German Juggernaut.” (World Wide Wrestling Alliance/YouTube)

Bean recently had his full-time job questioner, because of his wrestling gig. A video recently made the rounds online because of his Nazi gimmick.

His wrestling character is “Blitzkreig, the German Juggernaut.”

When he recently performed at a World Wide Wrestling Alliance event in Pennsylvania, a video went viral. Some commented on the video said he’s been performing this gimmick for years, but it just recently made the rounds, because wrestling media site “Pro Wrestling Sheet” reported on it.

The Spring-Ford Area School District investigated the matter. They concluded their investigation recently and sent a letter to parents via an email with their ruling.

This is the letter, according to Pro Wrestling Sheet.

On the afternoon of July 19th, the Spring-Ford Area School District was made aware of a video featuring 6th grade teacher Kevin Bean, outside of the school setting, participating in a professional wrestling event. Once we were made aware of the video, our administrative team moved quickly to conduct a thorough internal investigation with the assistance of our school district solicitor and the cooperation of Mr. Bean, as well as the Spring-Ford Education Association President.

Based on the investigation completed we have found no evidence indicating violation of board policies by Mr. Bean. As such, Mr. Bean will continue to remain a teacher within the District.

As we shared previously, the actions that were demonstrated in the video are not supported or sanctioned by the Spring-Ford Area School District and we will work with our staff so that we may continue to uphold the high standards our community has come to expect.  As part of our investigation it was shared with Mr. Bean the concerns that were raised about the character he played. While many understand that professional wrestling is a form of entertainment and not a reflection of one’s personal beliefs, Mr. Bean understands that the character he played has been viewed by some as being offensive.

Recognizing these concerns, Mr. Bean wanted to share the following with the Community:

The character I portrayed did not reflect my personal feelings or beliefs and I do apologize to those in the community who were offended by such actions. I have spent many years working in the Spring-Ford community and pride myself in providing an exceptional education to my students over the course of 14 years.”

We recognize that there may be an emotional impact for some parents, students and community members who may have lingering concerns. Based upon the news coverage and social media exposure of this situation, students may have questions and concerns as we get closer to the start of the school year. If this is the case, I encourage you to talk with your students about this situation and reassure them that all of our Spring-Ford schools are safe and welcoming to each and every student. In addition, the District has many additional helpful resources available to assist you.

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