Former GHHS Principal Seeking Help After Second DUI Arrest

The Gig Harbor Police Department arrested Ted Strong on Fox Island for DUI on Saturday.

Former principal has been arrested again for DUI over the weekend, according to the Gig Harbor Police Department.

The incident comes just days after his return to the .

Around 5:40 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, authorities received a call for a one-car rollover collision in the intersection of 6th Avenue and Island Boulevard on Fox Island.

The responded to the scene where Strong was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

According to Pierce County Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer, witnesses saw Strong, 42, swerving on the road before he left the roadway. He was treated at the scene for a minor injury.

He was transported to Pierce County Jail, and the case has been forwarded to Pierce County District Court for charging.

This is Strong's second DUI arrest in less than 4 months. Earlier this year, he pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor , reported The News Tribune.

According to Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto, Strong was reassigned to the Educational Services Center at the school district office where he returned from his medical leave on July 2. Since the July 7 arrest, Cuzzetto said Strong has requested and was granted personal medical leave on Monday, July 9.

When Patch spoke with Strong on Tuesday, he said he will be entering a treatment center to seek help within a week.

“I’ve been struggling with my addiction with alcohol for a while now, and the reason I’m taking this leave is because I’m going to a very well-regarded facility to once and for all to get some healing,” he said.

Cuzzetto said the district is aware of the incident, and it will wait for more information to make any disciplinary actions.

Patch will update the story as more information becomes available.

Akiko Oda July 11, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Correction to the story: Ted Strong is on personal medical leave, NOT administrative leave.
sue jarvis July 11, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I have to say...I'm disappointed. This man is no longer news, he's a guy (with kids!) who lives here. He obviously has problems, and I don't condone his behavior in any way. But until you guys are start publishing the names of *everyone* in our community who gets a DUI, this just seems like harassment.
Akiko Oda July 11, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Thanks for the comment, Sue. However, a principal, even a former one, is a public figure. If this type of person -- a current or former mayor or a city administrator for example -- is accused of a crime, it's the duty of the local news source to report it. And in this case, the school district saw the first incident as important enough to make a job switch. If the district is transferring a top administrator, it's news. If the reason behind it is an arrest, even more so.
Reader001 July 11, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Being "a guy with kids" does not get him relief from being in the news. He was the principal of a school where my kids attended. Hopefully this creates another motivation for school employees to make good choices. As someone at ESD he still has the opportunity to harm other kids. Hopefully the treatment will help turn his life around.
Alice July 11, 2012 at 08:07 PM
I am a Fox Island resident and I worry for the satety of my children that are out on the roads riding their bikes daily on the Island. For God's sake get treatment and stay there until it sticks!! You could have killed someone! Please take responsiblity and mean it!!
Erin July 14, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Thank God he once again didn't hurt anybody. I hope he realizes that he will never get his life, family, and career together until he gets the help he so desperately needs. It's sad to see my former teacher go down this path. He's not a bad guy, but he's making some terrible choices due to addiction.
Fox Island Mom July 16, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Thank you for posting this update. I too live on Fox Island and Ted's most recent DUI accident occured a few blocks from my home where my boys ride bikes. Over the past year I have witnessed Ted driving at excessive speeds and passing me on double yellow lines. I wish I had shared my sightings with someone sooner...
Fox Island Mom July 16, 2012 at 02:12 AM
And by the way, his recent DUI was also a news item on local television and radio since he is a public employee working for Pierce County.
Cece July 16, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Fox Island Resident I have also witnessed Ted driving well over the speed limit, intoxicated at the Fox Island Mini Mart purchasing alcohol (as if he did not have enough) and making bad choices for years. Time to hang it up Ted. Leave the school district and give us all a break.
Fox Island Mom July 16, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Right on Cece, because now our school district (and ultimately ourselves as taxpayers) get to pay for his medical leave and rehab!
Akiko Oda July 16, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Hi Fox Island Mom, I just wanted clarify that since Ted is on personal medical leave, the school district and taxpayers won't be footing the bill.
Fox Island Mom July 16, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Well that is good news!
HS mom August 02, 2012 at 03:18 PM
And yet it is announced that he is STILL in the employ of the District....just working at the DO instead of a school....one would think this kind of thing would END his employment....especially when it was a second time.....
Fox Island Mom August 02, 2012 at 07:03 PM
The district confirmed that Ted is receiving a salary while in rehab. What the heck?!
Clarence Oxier September 21, 2012 at 04:21 PM
So someone clarify the salary situation.Is Strong receiving any compensation from the School District or Taxpayers.One comment says yes another says no, so someone that knows, make that knowledge known.
Joanie Martin September 25, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Fox Island resident What an idiot. Addiction is addiction. He knew he had a problem and made the choice to put our families in jeopardy every time he got behind the wheel. The enabling of these type of people has to end. I truly hope he gets it together. But there are consequences for actions. It needs to start with him being stripped of any kind of position with a school district........
Gunny N. February 18, 2013 at 05:56 PM
23-year Marine veteran, former Kitsap County resident I do not condone driving under the influence- it has claimed the lives of me and Ted's classmates over the years, and the parents of Fox Island and the Gig Harbor community have every right to be angry, appalled, and aghast. I would, however, like to say something on his behalf. I have known Theodore A. Strong since Olympic View Elementary at Bremerton, WA. He has been my friend from childhood all throughout junior/middle/high school and my early adult life. Not only was he an excellent student/athlete but best of all, he was a good, loyal friend with outstanding character. From Kitsap County, Washington, to Helmand Province, AFG, many people are pulling for him to follow the treatment and we are hoping and praying Ted, Stephanie and the kids will be all right.


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