Sometimes you need to be suspicious when you're told that a teacher is out for "personal reasons."
As noted in a brief today, Anthony Tomlinson Jr., a kindergarten teacher at Douglas Elementary School in Raleigh, was suspended with pay because of criminal theft and drug charges. He was scheduled to appear in court today.
Tomlinson has been out of school since May 4, raising questions from parents. They say they were only told by school officials that Tomlinson was on leave for "personal reasons," with no mention of the criminal charges.
For those who are wondering, employees who are charged with crimes are usually suspended with pay pending resolution of the case. There is still the presumption of innocent until proven guilty.
Even though Tomlinson was arrested March 1, school officials say they weren't notified until April 14. District policy requires employees who are arrested to notify their supervisors as soon as possible.