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Albert Lea teacher terminated

Drug charges and code violations leading up to the teacher's dismissal.

Posted: Oct. 22, 2018 5:37 PM
Updated: Oct. 23, 2018 7:17 AM

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alea teacher fired-bpgrxbp-1 lowerthirdcourtesy:courtesy: albert lea area schools teacher terminated albert lea, mn the latest developments on a story that broke this morning... a teacher has been fired from albert lea schools. erin bennett was listed on the school's website as part of the early childhood special education staff. and as of a special meeting this morning - she was terminated - the board citing multiple offenses against school code. in the studio k-i-m-t news three's jeremiah wilcox was at the meeting this morning...jeremi ah what can you tell us. / alea teacher fired-bmintro-2 amy - the special meeting started at seven a.m and lasted just about 15- minutes. but the majority of that time was closed off from the public and media... when the board let me back in...they unamiously voted to fire teacher erin bennett because of these recent arrests. i spoke to the superintendent who says it was a sad decision to let a teacher go.xxx alea teacher fired-pkg-1 alea teacher fired-pkg-2 nat: motion to terminate erin bennett signify by saying i...i vo: a unaminous decision to fire early childhood special education instructor lowerthirdcourtesy:courtesy: albert lea area schools albert lea teacher terminated albert lea, mn erin bennett after news of her arrests brought unwanted attention to the district. sot: lowerthird2line:dr. michael funk superintendent, albert lea area school it's a sad decision because people become teachers to help others. alea teacher fired-pkg-4 vo:superintende nt michael funk recommended terminating the special education instructor. erin bennett was hired as a teacher in 20- 17...prior to that she was convicted in 20- 13 for possession of a small amount of marijuana and speeding. alea teacher fired-pkg-6 funk says he was aware of one incident...but was not aware of any recent incidents until reports came out on her arrest last month. he adds that after the school board caught wind...they wanted to take a harder look at her records. sot: our teachers are in charge of educating our youth and they are standards for them and expectations and when we have a repeated series of events like this over a few year period of time. we can't stand for that as a school district. vo:as to what drugs bennett was found with recently. i spoke to authorities at the albert lea police department. they wouldn't specify what controlled substance they found in her posession... but they did say they completed a lab test and recommended charges to the city attorney's office. / alea teacher fired-bmtag-2 erin's name and contact information is still on the school's website. i tried reached out this afternoon to see if she had any comment regarding her termination. her work email came back as undeliverable. reporting in the rochester studio jeremiah wilcox kimt news 3. / thank you jeremiah. police say they don't know when the city will complete the paper work to file charges - but stay with kimt as we continue to dig into this developing story. / after a chilly but mostly sunny weekend...
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