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High school teacher accused of ‘improperly texting' student suspended

NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. — A teacher in the Norwin School District has been suspended without pay after allegations that he was inappropriately text-messaging a student, Channel 11 News has learned.

According to the district, officials were made aware of an issue involving a teacher, and “immediate and appropriate” action was taken.

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The teacher’s name has not been released, but Norwin School District Superintendent William Kerr confirmed the individual taught at the high school.

“I am very disturbed,” grandparent Nancy Bortz said. “It’s sad to think that teachers and authorities can get away with this and hurt children.”

Following a school board meeting Monday night, Kerr told Channel 11 News that the staff member is only accused of sending text messages, not sexting.

Kerr also said school officials take personnel issues very seriously, which is why the teacher was immediately suspended without pay.

Below is the entire statement from the Norwin School District:

"The District was made aware of an issue involving a Norwin teacher improperly texting a Norwin student.

"The incident was investigated by the District and immediate and appropriate action was taken with the employee, among other actions, being suspended without pay for a period of time.

"The District has taken all required steps and any further investigation or action will be taken by the appropriate state agency.

"The District cannot comment any further regarding this matter since it is a personnel issue."