BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) – A Boca Raton Middle School teacher accused of hitting students with a stallion, pulling their ears and leading other physical disciplinary action is expected to be fired by the Palm Beach County School Board later this month.
BocaNewsNow.com has obtained termination papers from Victor Lopez. A teacher at Loggers Run Middle School in West Boca Raton, Lopez was accused of having inappropriate physical contact with his students during the 2021-2022 school year.
In a letter signed by Palm Beach County School Superintendent Michael Burke, the district writes, “On or about May 5, 2022, you were investigated by the Office of Professional Standards based on allegations of policy violations related to Allegation 1: Inappropriate interaction with students (physical and verbal), Allegation 2: Failure to supervise/protect students, Allegation 3: Failure to use professional judgment. At the end of the investigation, the allegations were substantiated.
“Based on the information presented to me, I hereby inform you that there is “just cause”, which can be supported by clear and convincing evidence, to justify your dismissal from your teaching position. Intermediate Grades 6-8 Mathematics I will be recommending your dismissal at the School Board meeting on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, to be held at 3300 Forest Hill Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL 33406. This action is taken pursuant to Sec 1012.22, Fla. Stat., and Sec. 1012.27, Fla. Stat.
Lopez has not been charged with a crime. Termination is expected to be approved at the September 21, 2022 school board meeting.
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