Selma School Board Fires Teacher Who Pleaded Guilty to Sex Charges

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By Ashley Thompson

The Selma City School board has fired a teacher who was sexually involved with students.

An investigation into academic and sexual misconduct recently led to a state takeover of the school system and now we're told that investigation has concluded.

The board was expected to make some personnel changes and it did, officially firing one teacher but the board says there is still work to do before any more staff is let go.

Latanglia Williams has been fired and her teaching certificate revoked. This, after she pleaded guilty to sex charges involving students. Some parents say they're pleased with the board's decision.

"It's unfortunate that this happens but I think we can look at this as a model for new teachers," says Carolyn Bates. "Come into your classroom, not as a friendly person but as a professional person and keep your hands off students."

But no decision was made in regards to any other administrators. Superintendent Jerald Shirley, former Selma High School Principal Wanda McCall and Testing Coordinator Mamie Solomon are all on paid leave as a result of the investigation. Chief Administration Officer, Larry Dichiara, who's acting as superintendent, says he's not ready to make a decision about their employment.

 

"Any act we take against any employee, they have the right first to receive the information first."

 

Dichiara says he wants to give due process before jumping to any conclusions.

"They have the right to defend their good name," he explains. "They also have the right to keep a lot of information private until it's concluded because if it turns out to be false or if they turn out to exonerated, then it's been unfair then to make any kind of public statement giving specifics."

And some parents agree.

"Your innocent until proven guilty," says Henry Allen. "And I think it's important that what you say about peoples' character, it's very important so I think it's the right move."

Although the investigation is now over, the school board isn't yet releasing details on what they've learned.

Williams will have to serve 14-months in county jail - then be on probation for three years.

She'll begin serving her time April 11, 2014.

 

 




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