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Alleged remarks prompt teacher's suspension CECIL COUNTY

THE BALTIMORE SUN

A Rising Sun high school teacher was suspended without pay and was recommended for termination yesterday for allegedly having "inappropriate communications" with a female student, school officials said yesterday.

Neither the teacher nor the student was identified. The case was investigated by the sheriff's office for Cecil State's Attorney John Scarborough.

The sheriff's investigation included interviews with the student, her family, the teacher, students, faculty and community members.

Finding no evidence of any physical contact between the teacher and the student, Mr. Scarborough released a statement last Wednesday indicating there was not enough evidence to prosecute the case.

Mr. Scarborough returned the matter to Cecil school administrators to be handled as a personnel matter.

Jerry L. Kunkle, the superintendent for Cecil schools, suspended the teacher without pay Friday, adding the recommendation that the teacher be fired.

The teacher has 10 days to appeal to the school board the superintendent's action and recommendation, Mr. Kunkle said. If there is no appeal, the school board will decide on whether to fire or reinstate the teacher at its next meeting June 14.

If appealed, a special school board meeting would be convened to hear the case. "That can be open or closed at the teacher's option," said Mr. Kunkle.

If the matter is resolved at a closed hearing, the school board would have to make its decision known at its next public meeting.

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