Cibola teacher accused of misconduct still on APS payroll
December 19, 2018 10:14 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – According to documents obtained by KOB, the Cibola teacher accused of cutting one girl’s braid and calling another a ‘bloody Indian’ was put on leave, not fired.
Earlier this month, Albuquerque Public Schools released a statement that said it had ‘severed’ ties with the teacher involved in the incident at Cibola High School.
That statement stated that APS ended the relationship with the teacher on Nov. 30.
However, on Wednesday, the district said that teacher was still on its payroll.
In a letter to the district’s human resources department, that teacher, Mary Eastin, wrote:
“I will be severing my employment with APS upon the exhaustion of the leave to which I am entitled. In the interim, I will not be performing any duties for APS.”
According to a spokesperson, putting Eastin on leave and using the word ‘severed’ in both statements was part of an agreement with APS officials.
APS stressed that Eastin was no longer working on campus or with students.
When asked what kind of leave Eastin is on and how long she’ll stay employed, a spokesperson said they’re working on that answer.
Yvonne Garcia, Eastin’s former supervisor and one of the district’s associate superintendents told KOB she was optimistic about the district’s next steps.
"We are very confident that we will be able to share with our teachers, different ways of handling discussions, different ways to be able to respect viewpoints and honor different viewpoints. Good things are going to happen from a bad situation," Garcia said.
The district officials said they conducted an investigation but has not made those results public.
However, they were turned over to the district attorney’s office for consideration but a spokesperson with the DA said they want more information before making a final decision on whether or not Eastin should be prosecuted.
Updated: December 19, 2018 10:14 PM
Created: December 19, 2018 09:25 PM
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