A middle school employee is off the job for allegedly showing pornographic pictures to children at school.
The Galion City School District placed the custodian on paid administrative leave during the investigation.
The district would not say what the custodian is accused of doing, however, The Mansfield Journal reported that the custodian showed pornographic pictures to several boys at Galion Middle School.
Superintendent Kathy Jenney said that twice this year, she has had to look into allegations that staff members were misbehaving.
“It’s just really disappointing,” Jenney said.
Just before Thanksgiving, a parent tipped off an administrator that a custodian was inappropriately using electronic devices on school grounds.
“We notified the Galion Police department, put the custodian on administrative leave and the Galion police department is in the midst of their investigation,” Jenney said.
This is not the first time a custodian has been in trouble this year. This past summer, a custodian at Galion High School was caught using school computers to look at pornography.
“We were able to verify that this person was accessing or attempting to access inappropriate sites. So he resigned before we had to take any further appropriate action,” Jenney said.
Jenney said in both cases, students were not in danger. She encouraged parents to pay close attention to what their children say about what is going on at school.
“If your child ever report anything to call us and let us know so that we can get on it right away either to dispel the rumors or find out if there has been misconduct,” Jenney said.
One parent said that she would like to see the district have better oversight of its employees.
“I think they need to be monitored because he was evidently able to do it,” parent Tami Sulser said.
Jenney said that since the latest allegation, the district has reviewed its guidelines for proper use of electronic devices.
The district said that employees are background checked and that custodians are required to pass a civil service exam before being hired.
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