June 15 2017 03:28 PM

Lansing Everett math teacher dismissed For viewing ‘inappropriate’ online images

A Lansing Everett High School math instructor is out of a job after students photographed him viewing “inappropriate” Internet images while pupils took an exam, Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul and School Board President Rachel Lewis have confirmed.

Students caught the teacher, whom neither school official would identify, looking at pictures of “girls in bras.” They posted photos to Facebook.

“As is shown in the Facebook post, he taught mathematics and was a tenured teacher,” Caamal Canul wrote in an email Monday night. “As soon as we were made aware of the posting and the incident, we started an immediate investigation which also included revision of historical access to websites using district equipment and on district time. We were made aware of the student’s posting on June 7 and by the end of the week, the teacher was no longer an employee of the district.”

Citing privacy concerns, neither official would comment on how long the teacher had been with the district or exactly what “inappropriate content” he had accessed.

“The district has strict policies regarding professional behavior, including appropriate use of the internet,” Caamal Canul wrote, “all of which were violated in by this incident.”

Lewis said the district’s policy specifically prohibits employees from using personal email and social media as well as looking at inappropriate images. She was unaware the staff computers had software designed to filter out content.

“I know there was an immediate action taken by the principal and the central office,” Lewis said. “I do believe that our administration handled things appropriately and they did it pretty quickly.”