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Southgate teacher disciplined for explicit video

The Detroit News

Southgate school board members remain divided over the brief suspension of a teacher who allegedly showed students an explicit video.

The incident involving a female teacher at Anderson High School was reported more than three months ago, said Paul Knott, president of the Southgate Community Schools board. It also was discussed during a March 15 school board meeting, the online minutes show.

Board members at that time discussed “a video that high school students had viewed on a teacher’s phone, the circumstances of that incident, the nature of discipline the teacher received, whether the video was pornographic,” according to the minutes.

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) reported Friday that the animated clip about puberty allegedly shown to three students graphically depicted sexual acts.

The teacher was suspended for one day and the high school administration investigated, Knott said Friday.

“Police were eventually involved and felt no reason for further charges or implications of said incident,” he wrote in an email to The Detroit News.

Two of the students involved did not come forward with a complaint, Knott added.

At least one board member was dissatisfied with the discipline, he said. The school board meeting minutes reveal some members disagreed with how the incident was handled.

The superintendent, Leslie Hainrihar, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.