A second grade teacher at Markham Elementary School in Oakland, California has been suspended while school officials investigate allegations that his students engaged in sex acts during class time.
According to The Associated Press, the principal sent parents at the Bay Area elementary school a letter regarding the situation.
“We believe if the reports are true, there was a serious lapse of judgment or lack of supervision in the classroom,” said Troy Flint, a spokesman for the Oakland Unified School District. “We’re investigating how could this have happened. It seems unthinkable to us, just the same way it does to the public.”
According to reports, the principal heard about the incident after a student gave an account to a teacher’s aid. Allegedly, some of the second graders engaged in oral sex, while others partially stripped and became very disruptive during class time. The teacher, whose name has not been released, told school and police officials that he did not see anything suspicious going on in the room.
After hearing about the alleged incidents last Wednesday, the principal immediately placed the teacher on leave and launched an investigation. Counselors have been dispatched to the school and officials are trying to find out if the allegations are true.
“I apologize for this and assure you that we are collaborating with counselors and parents to provide support to those involved, address any concerns and take whatever actions are necessary to ensure that a similar act does not occur again,” principal Pam Booker told parents in a letter.
While the teacher is wholly responsible for stopping this type of behavior from taking place in a classroom, if the kids did in fact engage in these acts, it speaks to the things they have been exposed to at home and in the media.