YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A Yokota Middle School teacher placed on administrative leave last May during an investigation into the alleged viewing of “inappropriate photos” on a school computer he used is not teaching classes this year, a DoDDS-Pacific spokesman said.
Chip Steitz, a Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Pacific spokesman on Okinawa, declined to discuss specifics about the case or identify the teacher but said officials followed DoDDS personnel regulations and policies regarding the individual’s employment status.
“We conducted an internal investigation into concerns raised by the parents and teachers,” he added. “This information was provided to leadership for review. …DoDDS Pacific management has taken appropriate steps to address the concerns raised.”
The alleged incident was reported to Yokota Middle School administrators May 1. However, the teacher wasn’t put on administrative leave until sometime after May 14, when a public meeting was held to address handling of the situation.
Steitz said the investigation never turned up any evidence of inappropriate content on the teacher’s government-issued computer.