Suspension inappropriate where educator complied with mandatory reporting requirements.

Topic: Educators, Decided by Judge Teate 
Docket Number: 1642834 , Decision Date: 2016-08-26 
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A high school assistant principal was directed by the principal to investigate an incident involving two students circulating a naked photograph of one of their peers. The assistant principal complied, and later reported her findings to the principal, but did not directly report the incident to the police.  The Professional Standards Commission later found probable cause that the assistant principal violated the requirement that educators report criminal activity and sought to suspend her for ninety days.  However, the Court concluded that the assistant principal’s conduct comported with the reporting requirement, as the governing law required educators to report to the principal.