Clinton High teacher suspended during investigation

A Clinton High School teacher is suspended without pay today after as a police investigation continues into allegations of improper conduct with a student.

Megan Baumann

CLINTON, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Clinton High School parents had to wait until Monday to find out more about the rumors of a teacher who was suspended without pay last week.

Megan Baumann, 27, a 10th grade world history teacher is out of the classroom indefinitely.

A lot of parents found it hard to talk about.

Some moms told Volunteer TV they had been concerned when their sons were staying late at school with Baumann, and are extremely worried now that she is accused in misconduct.

One mother who didn't want to be identified even said her son had pictures with Mrs. Baumann on his cell phone.

"We want a full and fair investigation to take place for all the parties concerned," Karen Bridgeman with Anderson County Schools said.

Bridgeman says on Thursday morning, two Clinton High students went to the principal, with concerns that their fellow student had an inappropriate relationship with a teacher.

By noon, the accused teacher-- Megan Baumann-- was sitting in the office talking to the principal about the accusations. And, by 12:30 p.m., Baumann was off campus.

"A teacher is suspended without pay until the allegations are reviewed and settled. That pay, then, is re-instated if there is no issue. That pay continues to be suspended, if that is determined to be an appropriate penalty," Bridgeman explained to Volunteer TV.

We asked if the school system believes this was an isolated incident, or if it was something that was on-going.

"We don't have any comment that would impact the investigation at this point. We're going to let the law enforcement officials dig through those details," Bridgeman responded.

WVLT tried to get Mrs. Baumann's side of the story, but was unsuccessful.

We went through her personnel file and found no other complaints.

Some students had even written letters praising her for teaching on their level, when she was a student- teacher at Clinton High.

And in filling out paperwork, Baumann made a note that she didn't want to leave Clinton High School.

For parents like Donna Adams, the news bothers her more than her soon-to-be high school aged son.

"Did you talk to your son, after this came out?" Volunteer TV asked Adams.

"Yeah. We kind of talked about it. A little bit. He thinks it's kind of funny, but like I said, he's still young enough to..." she trailed off. "But, still. It's very worrisome."

The Clinton Police Department, Department of Children's Services and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are also looking into these claims.

If Megan Baumann is dismissed, she will have a chance to appeal.

On Monday afternoon, the school system did not know if Baumann has hired an attorney.

CLINTON, Tenn (WVLT) -- A Clinton High School teacher is suspended without pay today as a police investigation continues into allegations of improper conduct with a student.

Anderson County Schools spokesperson Karen Bridgeman says Megan Baumann, 27, was suspended Thursday by Director of Schools Larry Foster.

Bridgeman says two students expressed concerns about Baumann's relationship with another student.

Foster said school officials notified the Department of Children’s Services, the Anderson County District Attorney’s office, and the Clinton Police Department of the allegations against Baumann on Thursday afternoon.

“Any allegations involving improper conduct in our school system are taken seriously and investigated immediately,” Foster said. “The school district will not tolerate improper conduct, and appropriate corrective action will be taken.”

Bridgeman declined to comment on the matter when contacted by a reporter Friday, saying Foster and District Attorney General David Clark agreed to not make public comment until Monday.

Foster says teachers and parents of students at Clinton High School were notified of the incident by emails and calls from the schools automated notification line.

The release says Baumann interned at Clinton High School in 2007-2008 while a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and has taught social studies at CHS since August 2008.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Anderson County on Sep 2, 2011 at 08:12 AM
    Mrs. B is pretty good looking I would have loved for her to be my teacher((: Who is in on her coming back?
  • by Bobby Location: Clinton on Apr 23, 2010 at 07:01 AM
    Mrs.B is not the only one in the high school who needs to be investigated! There are others in this school.
  • by Ashley Location: Clinton on Feb 10, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    I go to Clinton High School and have had Mrs. Baumann in class and she is a great teacher. I dont think this story should've been announced publicly until she was actually charged. For all everyone knows she is innocent and rumors just started because she was cool with everyone
  • by Ralph Location: Anderson County on Feb 9, 2010 at 07:08 AM
    Just wondering why the Carter High School story isn't getting as much coverage as this one. Older teacher, older story, much more controversial teaching position ....Oh, thats right, Clinton doesn't have those four sacred letters appearing before the name - K N O X.


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