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District Says Misconduct Claims Against Arlington High Teacher Unsubstantiated

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - UPDATE 5/18/2018: Arlington School District Officials say a teacher suspended amid accusations of misconduct will be back at work Monday, after they were unable to identify a student involved or substantiate the claim.

The following is a letter sent to Arlington High parents regarding the latest on the investigation:

AHS Parents,

On Thursday, we alerted you of the suspension of a high school teacher after a caller alleged the employee engaged in inappropriate behavior with a student.

More than 24 hours later, the District has exhausted its investigation after no student was identified nor did any student substantiate the original claim. Therefore, the teacher will return to work on Monday. The law is clear about how to handle this type of complaint, and the District acted in accordance with it. 

We believe it is important to take all allegations seriously in that our number one priority is to ensure that our students remain safe. If any new information comes to light, we will once again handle it appropriately and fairly, in accordance with our policy and the law.

Thank you,

Tammy Mason

ACS Superintendent

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(ORIGINAL STORY 5/17/2018)

An Arlington High School teacher is suspended without pay after the principal got a call Thursday morning accusing that teacher of inappropriate behavior with a student.

An alert sent to parents said the teacher denied the allegations, but the teacher isn't allowed on school property until the district wraps up its investigation.

That teacher's unpaid suspension drew mixed reaction from parents, who, while thankful Arlington leaders took the allegation seriously, are also a little confused on the suspension since no student came forward with a concrete claim.

The news of this teacher's suspension came the same week as Arlington High's graduation, and with only a few days left in the school year. According to an alert, the principal received the allegation call and the district suspended that teacher and notified law enforcement and the state's Department of Child Services.

However, a DCS spokesperson said there's no current investigation at Arlington High School.

The district alert also said even though the call accused the Arlington teacher of inappropriate contact with a student, no student has been identified and there's no student complaint.

That's puzzling to Arlington parents.

“I don't think things like that happen very often out here and I think we have a good community, you know, when things do happen, we do everything we can to get to the bottom of it, I mean I have faith in our school system,” said Jennifer Boyett.

“I would just say wait and see to see what happens and wait until the facts come out. I hate it for the teacher and I hate it for the teacher if there was actually an event that actually happened,” said Jason Walker.

Multiple sources identified the suspended and accused Arlington High teacher, but we're not releasing his name since he hasn't been charged and a district spokesperson didn't confirm that name.

We're attempting to contact that teacher for comment.

You can read the letter to parents below:

We are contacting you to clarify rumored reports regarding a teacher at the high school. No teacher was escorted off the property by police.

 

However, this morning, the AHS principal received a call alleging a teacher had engaged in inappropriate behavior with a student. However, no student has been identified nor have we received a student complaint. 

Following Board policy, the teacher was suspended, without pay, immediately after the allegations were brought to the school’s attention. Law enforcement and the Department of Children Services were also immediately notified. 

The employee has denied the allegations. The employee will remain suspended and is not allowed on school property, pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Thank you,

Tammy Mason

ACS Superintendent

 

 


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