Teacher resigns after investigation over using social media in unprofessional manner, school says

Updated: Jan. 24, 2020 at 8:43 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A teacher with the Jonesboro School District has resigned after officials investigated a report that he may have sent two unprofessional photos to female students over Snapchat.

According to a news release from the Jonesboro School District, Blake Davis resigned Jan. 24 as a teacher and coach with the Jonesboro School District.

Davis was on administrative leave as an investigation continued by school officials.

“On January 24th, Mr. Blake Davis submitted his resignation from his position as a teacher and coach with the Jonesboro School District. During a meeting with Superintendent Dr. Kim Wilbanks and Assistant Superintendent William Cheatham, Mr. Davis expressed remorse for using social media in an unprofessional manner with students,” officials said in a media release. “He felt it was in the District’s best interests to submit his resignation.”

According to a press release, the district interviewed nearly two dozen witnesses and are following up with other potential witnesses.

So far, the district said they’ve found no evidence that the teacher engaged in sexual or physical misconduct with any student.

The press release added the district plans to complete the investigation in a few days and will then decide whether to discipline the teacher.

School officials said in a media release that they originally received information Jan. 9 about the situation and immediately started an investigation.

Davis was placed on administrative leave with pay Jan. 9.

“The investigation has continued with interviews of students and parents and evaluation of the information uncovered. It is expected that the investigation will be completed in the next few days. The teacher involved remains on administrative leave with pay and is not permitted on campus,” Jonesboro school officials said in the media release. “Due to the employee protections afforded under Arkansas law, the school district and its superintendent can have no further comment at this time.”

However, officials said the investigation “has not found evidence of sexual conduct or sexual photographs.”

“The Jonesboro School District, as it has in the past, is taking this matter seriously and investigating it thoroughly. The safety of our students and integrity of our staff are primary concerns for the district,” officials said in the media release.

Officials said Dr. Wilbanks will present Davis’ resignation to the school board at the board’s next regular meeting.

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