A teacher losing their job at a school for controversial reasons can raise some uncomfortable feelings for all of their former colleagues. The staff will remind themselves not to follow the former teacher’s example and start looking for a new recruit while the parents and students lose some of their trust in the school.
If a school fires a teacher for inappropriate behavior, most would prohibit that person from coming back on campus for the safety of the students and their reputation. Despite this, many teachers try to sneak back onto school property for one reason or another, and can face serious consequences for their crime. One recent example of this is when a former Southeast High School came back to fulfill another teacher’s request.
A principal’s poor judgement
In the spring of the 2017-18 school year, the Southeast High School fired and banned the director of the Boys & Girls Club after-school program for making inappropriate sexual comments to a female student. The former director is also the husband of the school’s principal.
Despite knowing of his colleague’s firing, the football program leader invited him back on campus to help out with the team. He never told his wife he was coming back to school property that day. After finding out, the principal took no action against her husband. He was eventually escorted out and is now barred from all school properties of Manatee County. While the school district’s investigation team found no violated district policies, they did criticize the principal for failing to respond properly to the incident.
The penalties of school trespassing
Whether it was due to his connection to the principal, the conditions of his return or the lack of enforcement on his initial ban, the trespasser in this scenario avoided serious charges for his actions. Typically, Florida charges school trespassers with misdemeanors depending on if they came after receiving a warning from the principal or not.
Those who did not receive a prior warning are charged with a second-degree misdemeanor with up to sixty days of jail time and a $500 fine, while those who did receive a warning get a first-degree misdemeanor with up to a year of prison and a $1,000 fine.
Trespassers could endanger the lives of your children and make the school environment extremely uncomfortable to be in. If the school fails to take any action against potential trespassers that were former teachers, then you may require legal assistance to help ensure your child’s safety.