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Adams High School teacher accused of ‘unprofessional conduct,’ suspended

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published October 24, 2018

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A teacher at Rochester Adams High School has been suspended for “unprofessional conduct” with a recent graduate while Rochester Community Schools and the Oakland County Sheriff's Office investigate, district officials said Oct. 23.

“We can confirm that it is a male, tenured teacher who was suspended from duties, with pay, on Monday, pending the investigation of alleged professional misconduct with a recent graduate,” said RCS Community Relations Director Lori Grein.

Grein said she could not release the nature of the alleged unprofessional conduct due to the ongoing investigation.

“We’ve been cooperating with local law enforcement and we are conducting a thorough investigation as well,” she explained.

Capt. Michael Johnson, commander of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office’s Rochester Hills substation, confirmed that there is an open criminal investigation into the matter.

Superintendent Robert Shaner alerted district parents of the situation in an email Oct. 23.

Shaner said the district is committed to providing a safe, positive and supportive learning environment for every student.

“District personnel are required to meet the highest standards of personal integrity, professionalism and performance. Employees whose conduct or performance falls short of expectations will be subject to disciplinary action,” he said in the email.

Shaner said officials will be making a decision as to the status of the teacher “as soon as reasonably possible.”

“When there is an ongoing investigation, we cannot publicly share details that could have a negative impact on the investigation,” he said.

Grein said all members of the school community have a right to experience an environment where they are safe, valued and respected.

“We’re encouraging our families to encourage their son or daughter to talk to a trusted adult if they see, hear or experience anything that doesn’t seem right,” she said. “We want to keep the conversation going with our kids, because the bottom line is, we want to keep them safe.”

Anonymous reports can also be made using OK2SAY at https://www.michigan.gov/ok2say/.

Call Staff Writer Mary Beth Almond at (586) 498-1060.

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