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Students walk out of class in support of accused teacher

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Students walk out of class in support of accused teacher

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Students at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex walked out of class Tuesday morning in support of a high school teacher put on administrative leave, accused of inappropriate conduct by one or more students.

Dozens of students left class at about 11 a.m., picketing outside the school for about half an hour to support the teacher and volleyball coach.

Eyewitness News is not naming the teacher because he has not been criminally charged.

The teacher is on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation, according to Laura Hart, a spokesperson for the Providence Public School District.

“The Providence Public School District takes allegations of inappropriate conduct very seriously,” she said in a statement Tuesday, adding that putting an employee on administrative leave with pay is standard procedure in situations of this nature and is not a disciplinary action.

After students rallied in support for the teacher, they were allowed to re-enter the building and return to class.

There was no word from school officials on whether the students would face discipline.

The teacher, a 16-year veteran of the Providence school district, works at Sanchez and its companion school 360 High. He was put on leave May 2. The allegations have been reported to Providence Police and the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

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