A Minneapolis teacher was fired after school officials found a sexually explicit picture stored on his classroom computer, district officials said.
The 29-year-old man taught at Riverwest School, a public school for students with severe emotional and behavioral problems.
Another teacher reportedly saw offensive material on the computer screen and alerted district officials in mid-October. The man was immediately taken out of the classroom and put on administrative leave during an internal investigation, which found several inappropriate items in the computer he was using.
“We don’t tolerate that kind of behavior in any of our teachers,” Michael Goar, director of labor relations for the Minneapolis school district, said Dec. 13.
The school board voted Nov. 9 to fire the teacher. Police are investigating.
Goar said the district reported its investigation to the state Board of Teaching, which has the power to suspend or terminate the teacher’s license if wrongdoing is found.
Goar said district officials decided that they should fire the man so the incident would be on his record should he apply for a job in another school district.
“We went out of our way to terminate his employment, rather then letting him leave quietly,” Goar said.