Woodhaven teacher resigns amid charges of sexting, touching student
BROWNSTOWN, Mich. (WJBK) - A high school teacher in the Woodhaven-Brownstown School District has resigned amid charges that she had sexted with two students and inappropriately touched one of them.
The unnamed teacher was accused on Friday, June 10, by two 17-year-old students who said the teacher had sent inappropriate messages to them both and had touched one of the student's genitals. The school district said the reports were credible and she was placed on administrative leave and escorted off the property.
High school staff and parents were notified and, last Wednesday, a meeting was scheduled to discuss the incident. The teacher refused to attend and the following, the district began drafting charges and sought her termination.
On Friday, the teacher resigned from the district.
Brownstown police told FOX 2's Amy Lange earlier this month that the 36-year-old teacher was sexting with the two students. The students are friends and one boy became uncomfortable and reported the behavior to a school social worker last week.
"It seemed like it was a friendly relationship at first with the teacher," said Dep. Chief Robert Matthews, Brownstown police. "And then she started presenting it as more and more and then he became uncomfortable with it. When the touching happened, that student became very unhappy with it."
It is alleged that touching happened at Woodhaven High School. District Superintendent Mark Greathead released this statement on June 14:
"We are investigating a personnel issue, an allegation of inappropriate conduct by one of our high school teachers. We are cooperating with Brownstown Police Department. We understand that they are investigating as well. From the school district, this is being investigated by the school district's attorney and human resources department. We are cooperating with Brownstown Police Department and have provided them with the investigation materials we have, to date."
Teachers received notice from their school just days before graduation.
"You hear it on the news sometimes and you're like, wow, that's unfortunate, but you wouldn't expect it at your own high school," said Lathan Thomas. "It's ridiculous, honestly."
Thomas, 16, is a student at Woodhaven, surprised by the news he and his parents received
The unnamed teacher was said to be popular at the school among students.