CLEVELAND - The FOX 8 I TEAM has found two teachers on leave under investigation for kissing and groping each other in a classroom.
The accusations came to light Friday morning at R.G. Jones School on Cleveland’s west side, a pre-K through 8 school.
A student told a school investigator, “…then I looked in Mr. ---‘s room and Mrs. ---- was sitting on his lap and they making out he had his hands in her pants and they were kissing.”
That student told a parent. And he wrote, “Two teachers…were on top of each other on there desk….with door locked. I looked through the window and saw…kissing and touching one another all over.”
Parents we met there are furious, and some also wonder why the teachers were not sent home immediately. Records show this was first reported first period Friday. But the teachers were not put on leave until some time Monday.
The female teacher wrote a statement saying she’d told the male teacher about “a personal problem” and he gave her a “hug and a kiss on the cheek.”
In one statement, the male teacher said the same thing. But another statement includes an extra sentence including the female teacher “was sitting on my lap as we were looking at the computer screen lesson plans.”
The teacher’s union tells FOX 8, by contract, the teachers were placed on leave with pay. And the union adds, many school investigations turn out to be unfounded.
The school district released a statement saying, “CMSD is committed to ensuring a fair and thorough review of the allegations. The staff accused were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”
We are not naming the teachers unless investigators find wrongdoing did occur. The district says its investigation is “far from complete.”