Thursday, January 8, 2009

A Laughing Coyote? Or is it a Mad Hyena?!

Let me take you, for once, over the sea and across the miles to another continent. There, in a land called Mexico, exists a language school whose owner has - can you believe this? - blacklisted a handful of teachers and posted their names and apparent crimes on the school's website!

Welcome to The Laughing Coyote School of English. Or not. You see, some teachers only seem to last a short while before they get accused of everything, from paedophilia to being a muslim fanatic, and hounded out of the country. Some of the poor victims claim that they actually paid the school to take a teaching course, and ended up teaching classes without any input at all. And when they complained, this is what the Laughing Coyote offered in response - a blacklisting!

Here is a list of some the 'felons' and their apparent crimes

*CHRISTOPHER - Criminal background, Distruction of property, Intimate relationship with a student, Pornography.

Hardly excessive, is it? I mean, which of us Teflers doesn't have some sort of criminal background, hasn't had an intimate relationship with a student, and hasn't, at some time or other, took solace in the sordid delights of a glossy wank-mag?! I can't think of a single one!

This next guy looks a real bastard, though - better be really careful here!

*ALEXANDER -Robbery, Moral Issues, Substance abuse

Yeah, I bet he once stole an office pen (robbery), and didn't think twice about taking it back (moral issues). The substance abuse was probably inhaling the gas from his lighter as he lit a ciggy.

But the real villains appear to be these two ultra-criminal types...

*NICOLE -Radical Muslim Views, Sleep disorder, Pathological liar, Bi-polar, Psychological Issues, obsessive compulsive behavior

*TODD - Students observed teacher putting coccaine on candy and offer it to the young kids class, Foul language used in class, Smoking in the school and during classes, Prostitutes brought to school in the night and evening on weekends false identity, Meth illegal drug found in his apartment in the school, Major Distuction of 2 Schools, of property, Theft of all accounting of the 2 schools, Embezzelment, Threatened a mexican female assistant to not disclose information, Broke the neck of the kids students pet female bird, Harssment of teachers, student and families mainly women


So Todd strangled the class parrot in a daze of coke and crystal meth, did he, before making off with the school's accounts? Sounds quite a decent chap to me.

By the way, the above are all allegations made by the school's crackpot owners, allegations to which the teachers involved have had no opportunity to respond. Just in case you think I'm kidding, click here to visit the actual page.

Now, there I was, just thinking that it's about time somebody gave this nutcase of a school a dedicated blog of their own, when - boom! - one appears just like that!

http://laughingcoyoteschool.blogspot.com.

Now, who could possibly be behind it? Do you have any ideas...?

50 comments:

Elkythedogsperson said...

I can't elaborate too much more on your post except to say that LCSE only hires American (or more recently some Canadian) teachers, so you folks on that side of the pond should be immune. Sorry y'all have to miss out on this one.

I am one of the blacklistees. Heaven help me if I try to get a job anywhere, right?

Trust me, the place is crazy. Stay away.

Anonymous said...

In case you missed it, here are the links to the current kerfuffle with Laughing Coyote School.

The infamous blacklist

http://www.laughingcoyoteschool.com/coyoteweb/careeer/blacklist.html

Gary Denness leading the expose on Laughing Coyote

http://garydenness.co.uk/2008/12/laughing-coyote-school.html

The Guy is Teaching Abroad story on Laughing Coyote

http://www.teachers-international.com/wordpress/?p=198

An anonymous blog entry that's come up ridiculing Laughing Coyote

http://laughingcoyoteschool.blogspot.com/

The TEFL Tradesman said...

I have a feeling that this particular case will run and run, until it hits the wall and ends in a very big mess - for them, naturally.

Assistance is needed from all worthy bloggers out there - Alex, TEFL Blacklist, etc. Even the EL Gazette will be interested, I'm sure. Go to it, fellas!

Shaun Ryder said...

Aye, alright- iss bollocks an' that: the school. But when you read all of that blog, it starts to feel like the person that wrote it might be a looney too.

Elkythedogsperson said...

Ahh, Shaun... about the blog you say, "the person that wrote it" implying one person. The comments, my friend, come from at least six people (I am one posting there under this name.) No, we're not all in the same place right now swapping stories to put up on the blog; I'm currently in the States, two at least remain in Mexico, one is in Japan, and the others???
As far as I know none of us ever knew each other before making the mistake of working for that despicable school. I know two of the other posters from time at the school, but that still leaves four who I don't know (that's treating the "anonymous" posts as being one person.)

Mass looneyness perhaps? Naaah. We are common sense people who allowed ourselves to be duped into a very bad situation.

Shaun Ryder said...

Aye, Elky an' that, but iss like the same message over an' over again- if thing X is 'orrible at 'ome then the same bloomin' thing X is goin' to be 'orrible somehwere else, it don't matter if iss abroad or in a school or whatever.
Iss like these fookin' doughnuts who goes to India (an' that) to 'ave like an 'experience'. The fact that the experience is totally fookin' 'orrible seems to make it better-ooo look at me I 'ad a really 'orrible time an' saw some bloody 'orrible things, I'm so grown up. Iss fookin' stupid- juss cos yer abroad, shite doesn't turn into stardust.
Me? I'd be 'appier in Tenerife.

The TEFL Tradesman said...

Shaun, stop getting so miserable at other people's foreign experiences. It's proof that you're back in the UK, which means that some nasty TEFL buggers might come and get you and give you a good kicking.

I'd be happier in Tenerife, especially if you were there too, matey. Yeah, right. In fact, we'd all be happier if you were stuck in the Canaries, so why don't you sod off there ... mate?!

Shaun Ryder said...

Alright then, San', fine: less look at it the other way, an' that: I think iss a really good idea to come from the richest country in the world an' then instead of bein' bloody 'appy with that, iss really fookin' clever to go an' work in a poor country wiv a bunch of fookin' loons fer no money an' get treated like a fookin' an' a spazmo AN', right, AN' fookin' stay there fer months. Really clever that, Shaunie woz wrong the first time obviously.

The TEFL Tradesman said...

Erm, yes Shaunie, yes ... (What IS he on about?) Is it true that travel broadens the mind, well-travelled Shaunie? Or should we all just stay at home and be a grumpy sod like you?

Shaun Ryder said...

No, it ain't true. Iss supposed to be a laugh. 'Travellin'' don't really exist- iss just a way of saying: 'I went on 'oliday to fookin' shit'oles where it was 2p a night to live in squalor, an' I fookin' 'ated it, an' the droogs were too strong, an' I almost went mental but I was okay because me mum an' dad bailed me out'. Then when you prattle on about it later you pretend it was really 'educational' or 'spiritual' or that. But the truth is, it was bollocks an' you'd 'ave been better off sat in front of the telly fer a year. Travellers ? Bell ends, the lot of them.

Anonymous said...

And thus you vent your Vituperative Spleen when your own name should be on the list cast off from the incarnadine seas of mortality. The eagle who soars sees you, is that not the adage? Or am I still yodelling to the organ grinders APPRENTICE? Roll on March, and the eagle will enter the highest of all echelons of society.

Oliver Twist said...

Yeh, what ho! Paul Lowe's back in town, the very 'Windsor Swindler' himself. I'd recognise that pompous twaddle anywhere - "incarnadine seas" and other such sub-Shakespearean guff.

Yes, roll on March, Paul, and you'll be yodelling alright - in front of a judge. The only one with 'sores' will be you, though, mate.

Meanwhile, get back on the blog you belong: http://windsorswindler.blogspot.com

Tatty Bye, Mr B&B!

Shaun Ryder said...

Aye, AN' there's a napostrophe missin'. Not only is Paul a fookin' coont, a 'alfwit, a liar, a dirty stinkin' piece of shit thief an' a mental patient- the fookin' twat carn't punctuate neither.

Freddie Freud said...

As a trainee shrink, my diagnosis would be that the man is suffering from narcisstic personality disorder with a side order of paranoia - if this is PL, of course.

The trouble with narcissists is the more you talk about them (even negatively) the more they like it. If you really want to upset him, ignore him.

Anonymous said...

I am with Shaun.

@?! said...

Can anyone send photos of accused scary staircase and bad housing to SM for posting?????????????????????????

Anonymous said...

Shaun, how would you answer the job interview?

1. Do you believe in ghost?

2. What is LOVE?

3. What do you thing of President George Bush?

4. Do you believe in God or a higher power?

5. Is there such a thing as UFOs?

6. Is there evil? if so how and why, if no, why not?

7. Do you believe in the death penalty?

8. What is the worst thing you have ever heard or seen?

9. What is the best place on earth for you?

10. Do you believe in miracles?

11. How do you feel about child abuse?

12. What is a perfect day for you?

13. How do you feel about drugs?

14. How do you feel about alcohol and smoking?

15. What was the happiest day of your life?

Shaun Ryder said...

1-15: Fook off, you nosy coont.

Shaun's Internet Stalker said...

LOL. Seriously, Shaun, imagine you really wanted this job and had to answer these questions for an ELT interview. These are what the Coyote school apparently asks.

1-15: What was the happiest day of your life?
Shaun R: My happiest day was getting my MA in TEFL. I invested so much time, money and mental energy to get it. On that day, I knew the rest of my life would be filled with discovery of cultures, languages, new ways of working, and deeper understandings of ELT.

By offering me the job, I'd aim to continue my discovery back and forth of these four intersecting continua in a low-maintenance manner.

The TEFL Tradesman said...

You WHAT, SIS?! Leave poor Shaunie alone - he's just an unfortunate mentally-challenged drone whom happened to find himself in the right place at the right time. And he's never really recovered from the shock - have you, Shaunie?!

Shaun Ryder said...

2UP: Alright lad, but why do you use the word 'apparently'? Why fookin' bother if you don't know fer sure that they ask all that coontery?
SMcM: Fook off you coont.

SIS near Kamppi said...

Shaun, do you like leather? I've heard this is another question on the application...

Shaun Ryder said...

'Ere, 'ow do you know where I live?

SIS said...

I'm at the Scandic in a suite not far from the square of the senators... I need a tutorial tonight. Fly out tomorrow. Post your email address here and I'll send more details.

Shaun Ryder said...

Seems like you know where I live. Why don't you juss nip round? Bring beer.
You can shove yer tutorial though, Shaunie don't do fook all on a Monday, let alone at night.
fookinshaunryder@gmail.com is me email address. But if yer a coont or a crank, Shaunie'll fookin' knacker you.

The TEFL Tradesman said...

I thought you'd emigrated back to Cheltenham, dear Shaunie? Or was it Colchester? Somewhere shite, anyway. Don't tell me you've abandoned us again for the unsurpassable thrills and excitement of ... Finland?!

SIS said...

Thanks for the quick afternoon work, Shaunie. [Can't find your email address.] That teacher tutorial was fantastic! Loong, energizing and refreshing and a cigarette never tasted so good. Thanks!

I'll let you know when I'm back in town.

The TEFL Tradesman said...

Hey, what's going on here? Some bastards are trying to hijack my blog! And I don't like the sound of that "a cigarette never tasted so good". I thought you didn't do bummin', Shaunie?! Don't let me down - I always thought you were SO rugged!!

SIS said...

He was. Maybe you are jealous. One of his tent-like teaching tools would fall off your flagpole in about 2 seconds, from what I've heard at least.

Don't worry, it was just a meeting.

HAHAHA

The TEFL Tradesman said...

I'm flabbergasted - "One of his tent-like teaching tools would fall off your flagpole in about 2 seconds"

Is this some sort of erotic allusion - or illusion? Or are you describing Shaunie's chuddies, those thunderbags of Thunderbird-like dimensions?

All this shenanigans is turning out to be more mysterious, interesting and entertaining than the blog itself. Keep it up, fellas - I'm proud of you!

Shaun Ryder said...

Look, San'-I know there's no 'special' bars where you are in Cackistan. But in the civilised world we don't live with one 'and tied be'ind our backs, yeh? Oh yeah an' that cigarette weren't like ALL tobacco. More of a blend, like.

Fully satisfied SIS said...

Shaunie, thank you again for showing me the power, pleasure and performance of a teaching tutorial from a Northern lad.

You're right--my brain in now completely relaxed to accelerate acquisition of multiple methodologies.

You Southerners can keep your books...

The TEFL Tradesman said...

Ay, the penny has dropped - kerLUNK! SIS is really ... the Evil Dr KimChi Min Su!!

Shame on you, Dr Evil, you slant-eyed mongrel-muncher, for trying to pose as a normal human being. Unfortunately (for you) your squalid character came shining (or seeping) through your words.

Death to the Evil Dr Kim-chi!!

KMS said...

Well I glad finaly you see Shaun and me you winding up! Sister of Candy, Regina, help make intresting and Englisch prefect!

The TEFL Tradesman said...

Well, you've been well and truly rumbled this time, Dr Kim. Watch this space for my revenge - very soon, a blog posting all about YOU, you fat, greasy, dog-dribbling charlatan!!

KMS said...

Oh no, you hear over results our new SuperSkunk teacher research! Who tell you? That is secret...

Anonymous said...

No secret, Dr Kum. Mario told us - he's been in on the 'secret' for years. Why d'you think he's known as a 'pilgrim'?!

Shaun Ryder said...

Well, praise the Lord. Soon the Super Skunk Method will be revealed, Rinvolucri will be vanquished and Kim* shall rise!
*an' Shaunie.

KMS said...

NoooOOO, please! Research result is secret dtill!!! We no get EU money yet!!! Make Nederland top place for ELT learning! NL better for teachers! We liberate ELT teachers, better jobs!
Sandy (Kim) is angry! She throw her toys, her bear, her white babydoll last hour!

The TEFL Tradesman said...

Life's a bag of (dog) shit, ain't it, Dr K.! Soon you'll be exposed for the cunning Korean charlatan you are - and you too, Shaunie. Have you no shame, sharing yer bong with an infamous lecher and swindler (and I don't mean Paul Lowe)?!

Shaun Ryder said...

Aye, whatever. I propose we all sits down an' 'as a meet. 'Ave a chat an' a few 'its on Kim's Vaporiser. We should do it at Paul's place though, I'm sure 'e'd be over the fookin' moon to deliver room service to us three coonts.

Sandy's Maid said...

Shaun, KMS - Sandy agree. He say make sure you pay by bouncing cheque. Paul Lowe no expect funny business from "three complete goons", Mr Sandy say. You need maid come too? Very useful, eh!? I give you rong ruv too!

The TEFL Tradesman said...

OK, that's enough, maid. Telling stories about me - tut-tut!! Pack your bags and get back to South East Asia. Otherwise the wife'll be hunting me down.

And don't forget that Kama Sutra book. No, on second thoughts, leave it behind. Shaunie could do with a few cheap thrills, I'm sure.

Shaun Ryder said...

Aye, but: cheap frills are better than no frills, eh?
Speakin' of books, I've lost me copy of World's Cackiest 'Otels Which're Run By Fookin' Coonts, if anyone's got a spare one, gerrintouch.

The TEFL Tradesman said...

Returning to the matter in hand, Alex Case has managed to get an interview with one of the CEOs of Laughing Coyote right here:

http://www.tefl.net/alexcase/teaching/tefl/juan-pablo-falomir-laughing-coyote/

Juan Pablo and his gang of maladjusted fruitcakes come across very clearly as the Jehovah's Witnesses of the EFL world. Well done Alex!

Anonymous said...

I would like to take some money away from the fruitcake owner of this school by hiring a good lawyer I know in Mexico City to sue the owners on behalf of the people on the blacklist under the Mexican Libel laws. Anyone interested in being my clients?

Mad Hyena said...

Sure thing, Anon - sounds like a great idea! If we had an e-mail address, we'd be able to contact you...

Anonymous said...

Guys, your first step is a demand letter to LCSE and probably to their webhosting provider written by a lawyer. I can't imagine the teachers have the money or are willing to invest in bringing this to court. Don't you guys have any lawyer friends who will help you see the practical realities of this versus what can often be idealistic and unrealistic thinking about how these things work? This is ALL about MONEY.

Shaun Ryder said...

Lawyers? Absolute fookin' piss.
Anyone who looks at that site knows it's written by a loony. If yer new boss or hooever carn't work that out then they are too much of a coont to be yer boss anyway.
The main point about it seems to be that a number of fookin' fannies 'ave got taken fer a ride by a teenager an' a fookin' 'opeless fat bitch. If you carn't deal with THAT face to face then fook knows what yer like.
'Oooh let's do a website oooh let's get a lawyer'.
Bollocks.
Stand on yer own two feet you fookin' shower- you should 'ave slapped that fookin' brat into intensive care an' kicked the fatty right up the chuff: job done.

Anonymous said...

Mission accomplished my friends. The Laughing Coyote School website is down...seems the school let their domain name expire on April 19th, probably because it was no longer viable what with all of our efforts to link to it. While they will most likely move to another domain name (can anyone find the new one?), the Blacklist is no longer online and THAT was the goal.

Good work everybody!