Superintendent Alan Reed sent a notification to all school employees Thursday after a teacher in Russell County was suspended and later resigned while facing allegations of inappropriate behavior with a student. The incident follows on the heels of Adair County High School assistant basketball coach Toby Curry being put on leave last month after being arrested on charges of using his cell phone to induce a minor to engage in sexual acts.
Below is a copy of Reed’s notice to school employees:
“ In the past few days and weeks there have been numerous news accounts in regional and statewide media related to inappropriate contact between employees and students in public schools across the state. As superintendent, I must remind you of the risks involved in communicating with students in any manner other than through district servers. Communicating with students via social media can be a risky proposition. There is an abundance of rumors circulating throughout our community regarding investigations of employees in nearby districts and subsequent termination/resignation due inappropriate and unethical access of web-based material and possible inappropriate contact. I feel the need to remind all employees of Adair County Schools that each of you is held to the very highest levels of professionalism and ethical conduct. Our Adair County Board of Education and our community at large expects nothing less than a thorough investigation of any allegations. I can assure you of swift disciplinary action if called for, and full disclosure to news media in the event of documented inappropriate contact with students on the part of any employee in our district.”