Teacher Cleared of Any Wrongdoing

Knox County (WVLT) - A Knox County teacher at the center of an internet picture controversy is heading back to the classroom.

Melinda England, 28, became the topic of a heated debate after some semi-nude pictures of her turned up on several websites.

Earlier this week, Knox County School Spokesperson Russ Oaks announced England had been moved out of her classroom at Inskip Elementary school to the Student Services office, where she would coordinate student programs until the school investigated this case.

The Executive Director for Human Resources for Knox County Schools, Dr. Kathy Sims, released a memo today stating they had talked to England, Inskip administrators, and the Deputy Law Director on the issue. You can read the memo by clicking the link above.

They say that England was within her first amendment rights, the website involved was created before she worked for Knox County Schools, it was created on personal time, and it doesn't appear she used school equipment or property.

The memo also states "There were no allegations or any information that would indicate that Ms England did anything inappropriate during school time or in her relationship with students."

The memo also says England believes the incident was an attempt by her ex-husband to gain custody of their child.

The memo says England will report back to work at Inskip Elementary on Monday, October 15.


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