2013-12-25 / Front Page

Two White Lake Middle Teachers Suspended After ‘Romantic Encounter’ in Vacant Classroom

BY ALI ARMSTRONG
EDITOR

Two teachers at White Lake Middle School have been fired after a reported “romantic encounter” in a vacant classroom.

The Huron Valley School District earlier reported that the two teachers were suspended and on administrative leave, but announced Thursday that the teachers, who have not yet been identified, were no longer with the district.

Substitute teachers are currently in place, and a hiring process to fill the two vacant teaching positions will begin soon.

The District led an investigation into the incident, which they wrapped up the end of last week, but isn’t saying much about what exactly the couple was doing.

The district did not announce if the teachers resigned or quit, but the district does not ban employees having relationships at work.

“On Friday, December 13 we received information regarding possible inappropriate behavior involving two White Lake Middle School teachers,” Kristen McMurren, WLMS principal, said. “We immediately began an investigation into the allegations and placed the teachers on administrative leave.”

Although the district had been investigating the incident for six days, parents were not notified until Wednesday, December 18 after a mass email was sent out from Kim Root, director of communications and community relations for the Huron Valley School District.

The email notified parents that the district’s central office administration had been contacted by Fox 2 News, and anticipated a story in an upcoming broadcast.

“What I can tell you is that it is not complete but we are going to do a thorough investigation. Those teachers are on administrative leave and are not in the building at this time,” Root told Fox 2.

Police did not get involved in the investigation, which was handled internally.

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