School board takes teacher porn case to high courtThe Middleton-Cross Plains School Board wants the Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear its case against a teacher accused of viewing pornography at work.
By: The Associated Press, Superior Telegram
MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) — The Middleton-Cross Plains School Board wants the Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear its case against a teacher accused of viewing pornography at work.
The school district is asking the high court to overturn an arbitrator's decision that gives the middle school science teacher his job back and reduces two other teachers' suspensions.
If the court declines, the school district would be on the hook for about $600,000 in legal costs incurred so far. The district would also be required to pay former Glacier Creek Middle School teacher Andrew Harris about four years of back pay, estimated at about $300,000, and around $9,000 in back pay to the two other teachers, who have since retired.
The three were part of a grievance the teachers' union filed on behalf of seven school district employees accused of viewing or sharing pornography or sexually inappropriate images, jokes or videos. Harris was fired while the rest received suspensions or reprimands.
The district maintains the content viewed by Harris was more inappropriate than the material seen by others, according to the State Journal.
An arbitrator ruled Harris' termination was overreaching because a district investigation found others were doing the same or similar types of things — accessing inappropriate websites, receiving inappropriate emails, forwarding them to others and failing to discourage the senders.
Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj