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Springville High teacher resigns following complaints to school district

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Students protest in front of Springville High School on Monday, March 29, 2021. A teacher at the school has been placed on paid administrative leave while Nebo School District officials review complaints about alleged inappropriate comments and conduct toward students.

Marissa Robinson

A Springville High School teacher who was on paid administrative leave while Nebo School District officials reviewed complaints about alleged inappropriate comments and conduct toward students has resigned, a district spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday.

Nebo School District spokeswoman Lana Hiskey said the educator is no longer employed by the district but the review of complaints against the educator is ongoing.

The Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission, which investigates allegations of misconduct by licensed educators, also received multiple complaints, a state official said.

The teacher, whom the Deseret News has elected not to name, has taught for the Nebo School District for 30 years, according to the district. The educator has been licensed to teach school in Utah since 1988 and there is no record of disciplinary action against his teaching license, according to state records.

The teacher and coach was the subject of a recent online petition alleging inappropriate remarks and conduct, primarily aimed at female students.

Earlier this week, about 125 Springville High students and community members staged a walkout at the school, with some carrying picket signs urging the school principal to do his job and others that said “Listen to the girls” and “This many girls can’t be lying.”

Nebo School District spokeswoman Lana Hiskey said the teacher was placed on paid administrative leave due to the complaints, not as a result of the protest.

Some of the people who signed the petition shared alleged personal experiences while others offered thirdhand accounts of alleged misdeeds. Some of the incidents are alleged to have occurred as far back as the 1990s, according to the petition.

State-level sanctions against a teacher’s license can include dismissing a case with no further action, a letter of education, a reprimand, suspension of an educator’s license, or revocation of a teaching license.

The professional practices commission’s recommendations are referred to the Utah State Board of Education for possible action. Investigations can take several months to complete and educators can request hearings to refute findings.