Mid-South teacher relieved of duty after inappropriate communication with students


PHILLIPS Co. — Central High School in Helena West Helena is down a teacher as of last Friday.

An Arkansas teacher is off the job after school leaders learned about inappropriate communication between students.

Helena-West Helena School District Superintendent Linda English is out of town on business, but she told us over the phone the district put the teacher on paid administrative leave.

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Authorities said the teacher received and sent inappropriate messages to at least two students.

According to sources with the school district, the teacher used school property to message with students through Facebook.

Helena-West Helena Police began their investigation Tuesday after we asked questions about what happened.

Police said they are in the beginning stages of their investigation and child protective services are involved.

Helena-West Helena Police Chief James Smith told us the school district did not contact the police.

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Child services involved is also now involved.

English told FOX13 the district followed advice from the school district’s attorney to gather statements before going to the police.

The superintendent did not confirm if the inappropriate engagement between the teacher and students turned physical at any time.

The issue was brought to the attention of police officers on Oct. 8 and the teacher was relieved of duty on Oct. 11.

Investigators are still gathering information to see if any charges will be filed.