Update (Dec. 8, 2016)-- The teacher was cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation and is back at work. Read more here.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Public Schools is disciplining five employees as police investigate allegations that a Longfellow Middle and High School teacher was looking at pornography on his classroom computer.
The school corporation is also under fire after it was revealed that officials waited three days to report the alleged incident to the authorities. This is not the first time IPS has waited to report an incident to police. In Sept. of this year, the school corporation was accused of waiting several days to file a report after learning of allegations that a 5-year-old was inappropriately touched on school grounds .
In a release sent out Monday, IPS said staff members were made aware of the allegations on Monday Nov. 7 and filed a report with Child Protective Services and law enforcement on Thursday Nov. 10.
A sergeant with the Indianapolis Public Schools Police Department responded to Longfellow Middle and High School to investigate the report Thursday morning.
There, the sergeant learned that students had been making fun of the teacher in question, because he was allegedly looking at pornographic images/websites on his computer. The sergeant also learned that a student had snapped a photo of the alleged pornography and posted it on social media.
The computer in question was confiscated and the teacher was asked to report to IPS’ human resource division for a follow-up investigation.
Below is the full press release from IPS:
"On November 7, 2016, Longfellow staff members were made aware of an allegation of the suspected inappropriate conduct of an employee. The school filed a report with Child Protective Services and law enforcement on November 10, 2016. Five employees have entered our internal disciplinary process related to this incident pending further information. Longfellow school leaders completed annual training on IPS administrative guidelines for reporting requirements earlier this school year. Any investigation into the initial allegation will be handled by law enforcement.”