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February 1, 2013

Robinson teacher accused of inappropriate touching

A community activist said Friday that a Robinson Middle School teacher has been accused of inappropriately touching a student.

A community activist said Friday that a Robinson Middle School teacher has been accused of inappropriately touching a student.

The case is under investigation by the city-county Exploited and Missing Child Unit, said Wichita police Lt. Jeff Weible, who declined to elaborate.

The case involves an allegation that the teacher inappropriately touched the boy and communicated with him during and after school, said Mary Dean, president of Kansas Justice Advocate, which describes itself as a group that works to combat discrimination. Dean also is a candidate for the District 3 Wichita City Council seat. She held a news conference about the boy’s case Friday morning outside the middle school, at Second and Oliver, with the boy’s mother and grandmother.

The allegation involves incidents in 2011 and 2012, and the boy is in therapy over it, the boy’s grandmother said. The boy, now 15, attends another school now.

Dean said the mother reported the allegation to a Robinson vice principal on Dec. 20.

The women said the teacher still works at Robinson, and the mother said the teacher should be fired.

“With these allegations, she should not be around children, period,” Dean said. “She should be suspended with pay pending an investigation.”

In an e-mail, school district spokeswoman Susan Arensman said: “To ensure the safety of our students, we take all allegations seriously. The district conducted a thorough investigation and appropriate action was taken to address the concerns that were raised.”

The district can’t divulge details because of federal student privacy laws, Arensman said. District staff will meet with the parent next week to discuss the matter further, she said.

Contributing: Suzanne Perez Tobias of The Eagle

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