Fairfield Middle School substitute teacher escorted out, banned

FAIRFIELD, Ohio – A substitute teacher who reportedly told students he was caught up in a Nigerian phone scam and needed them to give him $100 was escorted out of Fairfield Middle School and banned from subbing in Butler and Warren counties.

Jay Deutsch also told a female student she was beautiful in a disturbing way, the Fairfield City Schools district said.

Deutsch was supposed to be teaching a gifted social studies class on March 7, but he didn't follow the lesson plan and made several odd comments to students, the district said.

Students in his first-period class complained to another teacher, who listened in on Deutsch's class. That teacher considered some of his comments unprofessional and notified administrators.

Principal Kristilynn Turney sent a letter to parents on March 24.

"Unfortunately, this sub did not meet our expectations and was asked to leave the building after only 2 class periods," Turney wrote. "Upon careful consideration and review, we determined that the sub was not a good fit for Fairfield Middle School and should not return in the future."

WCPO went to Deutsch's house Wednesday to get his side of the story, but he wasn't home.

Deutsch had subbed in Fairfield and other schools for about two years and never had any issues, officials said.

The school district reported Deutsch to the Butler County Educational Service Center, which removed him from the substitute pool, Turney wrote.

That banned Deutsch from subbing at all districts in Butler and Warren counties.

Fairfield Middle School did not notify parents about the incident with Deutsch until a student's father inquired about it.

"While we agreed that this situation was extreme, we did not feel that it warranted a mass communication because it only affected a very small population of students on the team," Turney wrote two weeks after the incident. "Therefore, we chose not to send out any information about the matter."

In her letter, Turney indicated that the school does not monitor substitute teachers.

"Our procedure as a school is to provide substitute teachers with a list of rules and expectations, the schedule for the day, as well as a substitute badge the morning of their arrival.  Unfortunately, though, once they leave the office area we cannot be certain that they are carrying out the rules and expectations and furthermore wearing their badge," she wrote.

Here is the letter Turney sent to parents:

Dear Parents of the Gemini Team,

I am writing to you in response to an email sent to the team from Mr. Hicks regarding a situation involving a substitute teacher.

On March 7, 2014 there was a substitute teacher for Mr. O’Leary.  Unfortunately, this sub did not meet our expectations and was asked to leave the building after only 2 class periods.  Upon careful consideration and review, we determined that the sub was not a good fit for Fairfield Middle School and should not return in the future.  We then reported this information to the district leadership team.  They too felt that this substitute teacher acted in a very improper manner and thus reported him to Butler County Educational Service Center, which hires the substitutes for our county.  Butler County ESC then decided to remove the sub from the system altogether; therefore, due to this sub’s actions on March 7th, he is no longer able to substitute in any school in Butler County.

While we agreed that this situation was extreme, we did not feel that it warranted a mass communication because it only affected a very small population of students on the team.  Therefore, we chose not to send out any information about the matter.  Our procedure as a school is to provide substitute teachers with a list of rules and expectations, the schedule for the day, as well as a substitute badge the morning of their arrival.  Unfortunately, though, once they leave the office area we cannot be certain that they are carrying out the rules and expectations and furthermore wearing their badge. As a result of this, we have reminded all of our staff members that if they see a sub in the building without a badge they are to notify an administrator immediately.  We are very grateful for our wonderful staff, student body, and our many excellent substitute teachers.  Without their communication and cooperation we would not have known the magnitude of this matter and would not have been able to address it in the aggressive way in which we did.

In respect to the crossing guard issue this morning, we did in fact have an administrator present in that area but due to a variety of factors he did not arrive there until 7:03 am.  Oftentimes our mornings are spent making sure that we have proper sub coverage as well as monitoring students in the bus compound and as they enter the building.  In a school with 1600 students, safety is always our number one concern.  Unfortunately, with the number of students versus the number of staff members we simply cannot be at all places at all times.

Finally, the district phone lines were down this morning

due to an issue with the telephone service.

If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.  Thank you for your continued support and cooperation!

Sincerely,

Dr. Kristilynn Turney, Principal

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