Columbus Teacher Investigated For Allegedly Giving Students Chainsaws


A Columbus teacher is on paid administrative leave after allegedly giving students chainsaws and axes and asking them to chop wood.

According to the Columbus City School District, Joseph Rader, a carpentry program teacher at the Ft. Hayes Career Center, is accused of using students to perform work unrelated to their curriculum during class time.

This work included cutting and chopping up parts of fallen limbs and trees on the Ft. Hayes Metropolitan Education Center campus.

The district said this work included the use of axes and chainsaws without safety equipment and with inadequate supervision.

Rader is then accused of taking the wood for his own personal use.

District officials told 10TV's Jason Frazer they gave permission for Rader to collect wood around the school but did not know he planned to use students to complete the work.

Radar has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

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