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Response to Public Concerns Regarding FHS Teacher's Actions

MAY 16, 2018 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kevin Christian, APR, CPRC, Public Relations & Communications Officer

352.671.7555 ◊ FAX: 352.671.7735 ◊ CELL: 352.840.3265

Email:  Public.Relations@Marion.k12.fl.us

 

RESPONSE TO PUBLIC CONCERNS REGARDING

FHS TEACHER’S ACTIONS

 

MARION COUNTY - Marion County Public Schools is appalled at the actions of an agri-science teacher accused of killing nuisance animals in front of students earlier this week.   While the district conducts its own investigation, we are now aware two additional agencies are also investigating -- the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Health. Regardless of the investigative outcomes, Superintendent Dr. Heidi Maier is recommending termination.

 

Marion County’s education standards – in fact, Florida’s education standards -- do not include activities for the destruction of live animals, nuisance or not.  While law enforcement determines whether this teacher’s actions were legal or not, his actions before students are entirely unacceptable and cause us great concern.

 

The teacher involved remains on administrative leave while the district, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Department of Health each conduct separate investigations.

 

Until those investigations are complete, no further details can be officially released.

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