Last week there were also reports that a male teacher allegedly sent nude pictures of himself to teenage male students.
On Wednesday February 18th the teacher from Mopan Technical High School in Benque Viejo del Carmen was placed on administrative leave, while police conducted investigations into the allegations. Two male police officers were present on Wednesday to witness the teacher leaving the compound, after he was served with the letter suspending him from duties.
On Tuesday District Education Officer for the Cayo District Luis Carballo told us more.
“The Principal informed the Vice-Principal. They already knew about the issue, because some students were talking about it in school. So, at this time they’re carrying out the investigation to see where that leads.
If it is true that the pictures were being sent to students and things like that, then the teacher can be charged with actions unbecoming of a teacher.
I have not seen the pictures clearly. I saw a copy of it that was sent to me from the report of the school, but I need to discuss that further with the management , with the Principal and Vice-Principal of the school, who are carrying out the investigation. Because in reality I don’t know what has been downloaded from the internet, that they can say that it is true, or which facebook account did it actually come from, if it came from a facebook account.
I think, as far as I was aware, it came from other peoples’ facebook accounts that they were sharing these photographs.”
“We need to understand as well, that there needs to be due process. We can’t just go on allegations, and where we do have the evidence, that evidence needs to be used to deal with those persons, not sparingly at all, deal with them to the full extent that we can deal with them, and to make sure that they do not resurface.
You’ve asked what we have done. Well, that is one of the main functions of the Teaching Services Commission, to make sure that the right people are put in place. So that where there is a complaint, where there is something substantial against a teacher having to do with misconduct, that that person is dealt with, it is placed on the record, and the Commission can ensure that that person is never hired again in another school.”
The nude pictures began circulating on facebook on Wednesday, allegedly posted by the father of one of the teenage boys who showed his father the pictures. The accused teacher, via a facebook post, said that his cell phone was stolen and the nude images circulating are photo shopped and not really him. He claims that this attack on his character is severe and damaging and is greatly troubled by these accusations.
Police have 20 days after the date he was placed on administrative to levy charges. If no charges are pressed within that time frame then the teacher returns to school with no prejudice.