Marshall school staffer fired for ‘inappropriate’ conversations with multiple students

Calhoun County

MARSHALL, Mich. (WOOD) — A Marshall Middle School non-teaching staff member was terminated after having “inappropriate” conversations with multiple students.

On Dec. 1 just before the end of the school day, student monitoring software alerted building administrators of a conversation thread between the staff member and a student. Marshall Public Schools said that further investigation found more conversations on school and personal accounts as well as conversations with other students. It is unclear when they began.

The district said parents have been notified and an investigation has begun.

On Tuesday afternoon, Interim Superintendent Becky Jones sent a letter to families saying that “while these communications were not sexual in nature, it is against board policy for staff members to communicate with students on social media platforms if it is unrelated to school or extra-curriculars.”

The district said that the unnamed staff member was immediately put on administrative leave. On Tuesday, Jones announced that the staff member had been terminated due to “the violation of multiple board policies.”

All district communications and information about the situation has been handed over to the Marshall Police Department, the letter said.

“The district is in transparent and open communications with local authorities and the parents as we continue to investigate the scope of this situation,” said Marshall Public Schools.

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