Local teacher accused of inappropriate behavior

Posted at 12:46 PM, Mar 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 05:55:14-05

A North Olmsted high school teacher is on administrative leave after being accused of inappropriate behavior.

According to the district, an internal investigation is underway and the teacher was immediately placed on leave Wednesday. Parents were notified via email on Thursday. 

"I think there's always a concern anytime you get into a situation that involves some inappropriate behavior," said North Olmsted City Schools Superintendent Michael Zalar. "I think the parents of our students that are currently in school do not have anything to worry about."

"It's really upsetting," one parent said, asking to remain anonymous. "It's a teacher in our community and our community is pretty tight. You don't expect that to happen here."

Zalar said they were informed by multiple sources of inappropriate behavior by the teacher, but while the investigation is underway, he said he could not specify exactly what that behavior was.

He also said that law enforcement has been informed about the matter.

North Olmsted Police said that given the information they have, there is no criminal misconduct so their department is not currently investigating. If more information becomes available, that could change, police added.

The social studies teacher, who has chosen not to name at this point, is on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

He has been with the district for 10 years and has coached track and football in the past.