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FIRST ON 59: Names released of Raleigh County teachers accused of inappropriate behavior with students

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A board of education meeting was held Tuesday to discuss administrative issues involving two Raleigh County teachers accused of misconduct with two students in separate incidents.

59 News has learned the one is a female teacher at Trap Hill Middle School and the other a male teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School.

The teacher at Trap Hill Middle School is Lori Lester, according to information 59 News has learned.  The teacher at Woodrow Wilson is Michael Cooper; Cooper is also a coach.

59 News has learned both of the teachers have been suspended.

A hearing will be held on Monday, June 17th at 8:30 a.m.  The hearing may be open or closed.

Stay with 59 News for the latest on this developing story.

 


ORIGINAL STORY:

Two school employees are under investigation for misconduct with a student. This is happening in Raleigh County. 59 News has learned the one is a female teacher at Trap Hill Middle School and the other a male teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School. 59 News has learned their fate could be determined during a Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 11th.

What's on the agenda at the next Raleigh County Board of Education meeting--- whether or not two teachers in the school district accused of misconducts should be fired? That's all according to the Board of Education President Rick Snuffer.

59 News first broke these stories to viewers exclusively.  If you remember 59 News told viewers about the first investigation. According to officials it involved a female teacher at Trap Hill Middle School sending graphic texts to pictures to a 13-year-old male student.

59 News obtained a text message from the boy's lawyer. The lawyer claims the text message was sent from the boy's teacher to the boy during school hours.  

59 News asked BOE President Rick Snuffer what lead up to the discussion happening on Tuesday.

"The reason we are bringing this up on Tuesday is that we've finally got the information brought to us. We've had an investigation, we've had Child Protective Services looking at the issues, we've had law enforcement and we've had an internal investigation. Now the superintendent will come forward with recommendations," Rick Snuffer, Raleigh County BOE President said.

Snuffer said in both cases the teachers were put on paid administrative leave and the appropriate actions were taken to make sure students were protected.

But for some parents in the area, two investigations in the same school district is just way too much.

"That is just pretty shocking, you just don't know whether to send your kids to school or not," Georgia Sifers of Meadow Bridge said.

The discussion will be held at the Board Meeting on June 11th at 5:30 on Tuesday evening.