Chardon school teacher suspended after inappropriate comments to student

Chardon school teacher suspended after inappropriate comments to student

CHARDON, OH (WOIO) - A Chardon school teacher was placed on unpaid leave after making an unprofessional statement to a middle school student.

Steve Patterson, a science teacher at Chardon Middle School, was suspended by the Chardon Board of Education following a meeting on Jan. 16.

According to the board of education, on Nov. 14, a student corrected Patterson for mispronouncing her name. He responded to the female student by saying, "Go back to your country."

Patterson acknowledged making the comment to the student and said he was trying to "kid with her."

The Chardon Local School Districts released a statement regarding the suspension:

"Providing our students a safe and secure environment while at school is our district's top priority. The issue of discipline administered to a Chardon Middle School teacher has become the subject of recent media coverage. Following an investigation related to unprofessional statements allegedly made to a student in November of 2017, the district concluded that the conduct of the teacher constituted just cause for further discipline including:

The suspension was without pay for three days.

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