Bay-Waveland teacher fired (Updated 3 p.m.)

An unnamed teacher has been dismissed from the Bay-Waveland School District for policy violations that were not publicly specified.

The teacher and school involved were not identified by the Superintendent of Education, but the Sun Herald has learned the case involves a teacher at Bay High School and allegations of questionable activities with a student.

Superintendent of Education Kim Stasny said in a statement that the administration is cooperating with a police investigation in the matter. Stasny was out of town at a conference and could not be reached by the Sun Herald for further comment.

However, in a statement released by Assistant Superintendent Becky Ladner, Stasny confirmed that a teacher had been terminated “for violation of school policies.” Stasny also said information presented to the administration was serious enough for police to be contacted.

School Board Attorney Ronnie Artigues confirmed the dismissal, and that the teacher had been employed at Bay High. Similar allegations involving the same teacher had arisen last school year, he said. “There was in the past a rumor that a similar thing was going on, not with this student but another,” he said. “That was thoroughly investigated, and there was absolutely nothing to it.” In the current case, “The school district is cooperating with the police department in that investigation,” Stasny's statement said. Information on the teacher's name or sex was withheld.

“Until the investigation is completed and all personnel rights for the employee are exhausted,” no further information will be released, the statement said.

Bay Police Chief Tom Burleson could not be reached to confirm an investigation.

The Sun Herald will update this story as further information becomes available.