The Clayton County school board voted to fire a teacher accused of ordering a “hit” on a student, officials said. In a unanimous vote, the nine-member board decided to uphold the recommendation made in December by a tribunal to terminate the Mundy Mill High School teacher.
The teacher was arrested and charged in October with making terroristic threats against an 11th grade student in one of his classes. Authorities allege that the teacher asked whether the student was gay, then offered $50 to a classmate to “put a hit” on the student.
The student’s attorney said the school didn’t take action early enough to address the situation between his client and the teacher. The student is currently under psychological care and he had to change schools.
The teacher maintains his innocence and claims it was a misunderstanding and a joke. Not only is his professional reputation in shambles, his future employment opportunities are also in jeopardy.
Today, employers are more concerned than ever about whether or not a potential employee has a criminal record. In part, this is because employers in various industries have been held responsible for negligently hiring people with criminal histories who have harmed others while in the workplace, or while performing work-related tasks.
For more information about employment after a conviction, or if you have been charged with a criminal offense, call Attorney Sharon Jackson today.