The other day I published a blog about the real reason creepy Hull Public Schools Superintendent Michael Devine wasn’t showing up to school. Everyone knew he was up to something shady, but the media hadn’t reported what that was, and there was no chatter allowed on the local Facebook groups.
But we talked to people in the know and found out that he had groomed a former student and then tried to bang him when the kid graduated from high school. No laws were broken, but it’s definitely not a professional thing to do, and you have to wonder how many other former students he’s pulled this trick on. So we put the word out to email Turtleboy if you’d ever dealt with this dude before, and right on cue we got an email from a former student of his at Norwell High School:
I have known Mike Devine probably since I was about 12 years old. I had two older sisters that went through Norwell High School before me so he got to know my family and myself pretty well. I attended NHS from 2005-2009 during which time Mr. Devine was my Dean of Students as well as my AP Government teacher senior year. He even wrote one of my college recommendations.
While I was in high school, I never experienced anything inappropriate from him. However, in 2012, I was 21 and going to school in DC and received an email or message from Mr. Devine, informing me he was going to be visiting DC for a conference or something. He asked if I’d like to meet up with him for some drinks, which didn’t strike me as unusual, and I thought it would be cool to catch up with an old teacher who I very much respected.
So we met up at a bar in downtown DC and caught up through some decently normal conversation during which he felt out my sexuality and also informed me he was no longer with his wife. After getting me a few drinks, we stepped out for a cigarette. At this point he started coming on to me, telling me how attractive I am and what not. He tried to make out with me, an advance which I rejected and then he continued to try and get me to go back to his hotel with him. Luckily, I actually had plans which I had already told him about so I was able to make an exit.
He repeatedly contacted me during the time he was in DC, trying to get me to come to his hotel. I was completely ignoring his messages but he didn’t stop so I eventually told him he made me extremely uncomfortable and I wanted nothing to do with him. At this point, he went into super apology mode and even went so far as to ask me to make sure everything that happened stayed between us. In the months and years after that, he would periodically contact me, despite my repeated requests for him to leave me alone. He would also message me on dating apps such as Grindr and even went so far as to make me feel guilty for “outing him” because I told my friends from Norwell about what had happened.
At the time all of this happened, it upset me greatly and made me feel a way I had never felt before. The feeling of having someone who I trusted and looked up to, behave in such a way was scarring. I have been tempted to tell my story before but always felt guilty or thought no one would take me seriously cause I know how highly people who have only encountered him as an educator think of him. Now that I know it wasn’t just me, I want to make sure he never works around young boys ever again. I am sending essentially this same message to the Hull School Committee now so they should have this information before they meet tomorrow. Let me know if you have any questions about my story or need me to do anything to verify my identity/story.
The emailer left his name, but I didn’t get his permission to use it yet so I’ve left it out. He seems pretty determined and unafraid at this point, now that we published the first blog and he knows that there are other accusers. Again, no crime was committed here, but it shows an obvious pattern of grooming. This sketchball was using his position of authority to establish relationships with young boys, wait until they turn 21, find them on social media, and then try to smash. Normally I think that homosexuality is bold, brave, and beautiful, but this particular gentleman is none of the above.
I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess there’s plenty more where this came from. He did this in 2012, and the one in Hull in 2020. You don’t just go cold turkey on grooming former students for 8 years. If you were a former student of his who was sexually harassed like this and put in an uncomfortable situation, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat on or off the record.
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