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Lex/Rich District Five policy on criminal charges

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - After a Dutch Fork Middle School teacher was arrested and charged with criminal domestic violence, administrators decided not to fire him.

According to a spokesperson from Lexington/Richland School District Five, district policy allows the administration to make that decision based on the nature of the crime.

Here's the exact wording of the policy:

"Any employee who is arrested for any offense other than a minor traffic offense is expected to report the arrest to hi/her immediate supervisor as soon as possible, and in no case later than three calendar days after the date of the arrest.

Employees arrested for a misdemeanor offense which would indicate no danger or appearance of danger to students, co-employees or the district will normally not be subject to any employment action pending adjudication.

Employees arrested for a misdemeanor offense which would indicate a possible danger or appearance of danger to the school district, co-employees or to students will normally be suspended with or without pay, as determined by the superintendent, pending adjudication.

Employees arrested for a felony offense will normally be suspended with out without pay, as determined by the superintendent, pending adjudication.

The district reserves the right to take other employment action, including termination, based on the specific circumstances of a situation."

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