Southington High School parents receive letter about teacher removal

Southington High School parents receive letter about teacher removal



SOUTHINGTON — A high school teacher was removed from the classroom after behaving in an “unprofessional manner” Thursday, according to a letter sent home to parents.

Southington High School Principal Martin Semmel wrote to parents that the teacher’s behavior was reported to the main office during the second period. He did not identify the teacher.

“This individual was immediately removed from the classroom,” Semmel wrote. “As this is a personnel issue, the details cannot be discussed.”

The letter also said that resources would be available for students “if they wish to talk about this further.”

“We are sensitive to the impact this has had on your children,” Semmel wrote.

Bob Brown, president of the Southington Education Association, said he couldn’t comment on the manner.

Brian Goralski, the Board of Education chairman, said he had no “firsthand knowledge” of the incident and hadn’t been contacted by high school officials about what had happened.

The full text of the letter is as follows:

“Dear Parents:

“Today at Southington High School a situation occurred with one of our teachers who behaved in an unprofessional manner during period 1 and 2 classes. When it was reported during period 2 to the main office, this individual was removed immediately from the classroom. The situation is being addressed by the administration. As this is a personnel issue, the details cannot be discussed, but you can be assured that we will take all steps to provide a safe and productive learning environment for all students. Please be advised that we are sensitive to the impact this has had on your children, our students, and we have many resources available for them if they wish to talk about this further.

“The Southington High School administration is committed to ensuring that the education process continues. There will be qualified instructor in the classroom starting tomorrow morning.

“If you would like to speak further about this situation, I would be happy to meet with you tomorrow or at your convenience.

“Sincerely,

“Martin Semmel”



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