Wednesday, July 12, 2000

Teacher put on suspension

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown High School teacher and coach has been suspended without pay after a school investigation of alleged unprofessional conduct, including inappropriate but nonphysical contact with female students.

        Social studies teacher Dave Long was suspended for the first grading period of the upcoming school year by the Middletown Board of Education on Monday. He will be allowed to return to the classroom Nov. 6, according to a recommendation to the board by Superintendent Wayne Driscoll.

        Mr. Long, who has been on paid administrative leave since allegations against him surfaced in May, said Tuesday he would not resign or appeal the board's decision.

        “I've never quit anything in my life. The board has spoken. I will abide by their decision and look forward to continuing my career in Middletown,” said Mr. Long, 28. “I don't intend to allow myself to be put in this position again.”

        In the disciplinary recommendation, Mr. Driscoll cited several reasons for Mr. Long's suspension:

        • Inappropriate discussion with students.

        • Using and permitting profane language with and by students.

        • Changing a student's grade inappropriately.

        • Making humiliating and embarrassing remarks to and about students, student athletes and relatives.

        • Failing to properly report to authorities a student at risk.

        • Unauthorized use of the district's technology system.

        During the 1999-2000 school year, Mr. Long had been student government adviser, assistant varsity football coach and an assistant girls basketball coach at Middletown High School. He was a 1999 recipient of the Middletown Community Foundation's Crystal Apple Award for excellence in teaching.


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