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Putnam County teacher fired; criminal investigation under way

Putnam County's superintendent of schools says teacher Kevin Neal was fired as a criminal investigation is under way. (WCHS/WVAH)

A teacher at the Putnam County Career and Technical Center has been fired. Putnam County School Superintendent John Hudson recommended at Monday night’s school board meeting to terminate Putnam Career and Technical Center teacher, Kevin Neal, immediately from his position.

Hudson said Neal’s recent conduct has been “wholly unacceptable and illegal in nature.”

Hudson did not elaborate on the allegations against Neal because a criminal investigation is underway. Below is the full statement issued by Putnam County School Superintendent John Hudson.

"At tonight's board meeting, I recommended the termination of teacher Kevin Neal," Hudson's statement said. "Although Mr. Neal was afforded the right to a hearing before the board, he did not appear. The board unanimously accepted my recommendation to terminate Mr. Neal's employment with the school system. Unfortunately, Mr. Neal's recent conduct has been wholly unacceptable, and illegal in nature. His conduct was immediately at the time reported to local law enforcement and to the West Virginia Department of Education. Given that law enforcement continues to investigate Mr. Neal, it would not be appropriate for me to discuss specifics regarding the allegations against him. I will say that our employees are required by law to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our students. Our employees are also required by law to demonstrate responsible citizenship by maintaining a high standard of conduct, self-control, and moral/ethical behavior. The Board and I believe that Mr. Neal failed in doing so, and the school system acted quickly in terminating his employment."


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