Oakland, CA – A second grade teacher at Markham Elementary School has been placed on paid administrative leave after school officials were told that two of his young students may have engaged in oral sex during class while he was present in the classroom.
Details are a bit sketchy, but authorities said they are investigating reports that a girl and a boy engaged in oral sex in the classroom while teach was in the room. In another incident, school officials say two students disrobed “at least partially” in the same classroom before becoming disruptive. Officials are unsure at this point whether the same two students were involved in both incidents.
According to Oakland school district spokesman Troy Flint, the alleged incidents happened last week, but only came to the principal’s attention last Wednesday, after one of the students told a staff member what had happened. The teacher was present at the time, Flint says, but insists he was unaware of any such incident.
The district conducted a number of interviews Thursday to verify the child’s report. While some of the details remain vague – such as when the two incidents occurred, and if they happened at the same time, Flint said. “We believe the substance of the story is true,” he said.
The teacher will remain on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. “We’ll investigate every angle,” Flint said. “If it proves to be true, it is a fireable offense. It is an egregious lack of supervision.”