Teacher loses job after investigation into abuse
A school district began an investigation following allegations that a teacher slapped the hands of students, yelled at students, used profanity and threatened to spank them, and threw some wood chips from the playground into a student’s face. When the school district began its investigation, it also made a report to CPS.
During the school district's investigation, the teacher denied the allegations. CPS interviewed the same witnesses as the school district and concluded in a letter sent to involved parents that there was "reason to believe" that abuse or neglect occurred. CPS provided a different letter to the school district, which reinstated the teacher. Parents complained, sharing their letter from CPS with district officials, who reopened the investigation and later recommended the teacher's contract be terminated. The teacher appealed the termination.