Teacher Faces Ax Over Naked Kids "Having Sex" *updated with more info*
There is so much to discuss here but I guess the main question is: Should this teacher be fired?
Teacher Faces Ax Over Naked Kids "Having Sex"
Kindergarteners, both 5, were found inside school bathroom
FEBRUARY 24--A veteran New Jersey teacher could be fired from her job after discovering two naked kindergarten students “having sex” inside a school bathroom.
Kelly Mascio, 43, is facing termination in connection with the incident late last year at Mullica Township Elementary School in southern New Jersey. Mascio, who has taught for more than 15 years, is suspended with pay while a disciplinary process continues.
As detailed in a Mullica Township Police Department report, two of Macsio’s students--both five-years-old--went into an in-classroom bathroom and removed their clothes. When Mascio, pictured at right, subsequently discovered the children--a boy and a girl--they told her they were “having sex,” cops noted.
Mascio, who immediately reported the incident to the school’s principal, was suspended for allegedly failing to properly monitor the children. A related police investigation concluded with no criminal charges being filed.
If local Board of Education officials certify charges against Mascio, a state arbitrator would be responsible for determining whether the teacher is fired over the September 30 bathroom incident.
Mascio, one of four kindergarten teachers, is still listed on the school’s web site, which includes a link to a personal page (“Mascio Meadow”) created when she previously taught second grade.
The South Jersey kindergarten teacher who stumbled across two of her pupils naked and "having sex" in a bathroom was suspended for supposedly failing to supervise the students, a teachers’ union official said Monday.
But Kelly Mascio "acted in a professional manner and responsibly reported the incident,” Mullica Township Education Association President Barbara Rheault told the Daily News.
The day of the incident was particularly busy as the class was undergoing state testing, Rheault said. Mascio had to usher kids in and out of the room so they could take the tests, she said.