Unwelcome Morton teacher calls in sick

MyNorthwest.com staff

A Morton teacher who won his job back after a conviction for inappropriately touching girls called in sick Monday as some parents demonstrated outside school.

Superintendent Tom Manke told KIRO Radio's Dori Monsont that student arrivals on the first day of school ran smoothly, even though the protestors were demonstrating nearby.

"It hasn't been disruptive. It's basically the protestors and the news media set up outside of our school grounds."

Listen to Tom Manke on Dori Monson Show

Manke says he'll have to confer with the district's attorney and school board to decide what eventually happens with middle school history teacher Michael Moulton.

Many parents have already pulled their students out of Moulton's classes. Manke says they'll be taught through an online program. Manke says he's still determining how many students might be left in Moulton's classroom.

Many parents are outraged that Moulton won his job back on appeal after admitting in 2008 he would be found guilty of an assault charge and serving time in jail.

Manke has expressed frustration at having Moulton back in the classroom, but he says the district will monitor Moulton once he's back in class.

"I've talked to Mr. Moulton. I've got expectations for Mr. Moulton. A part of going back in the classroom is myself, the building principal, and our dean of students taking turns of being in his classroom, off and on for a period of time, to make sure that those expectations are being done in the classroom."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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