Auburn teacher escorted off campus, placed on leave
By Jim Hagerty
An Auburn High School special education teacher was placed on administrative leave Thursday, March 17, after being escorted off the campus, the teacher confirmed this afternoon.
Andrew Boyce, who also coaches the Auburn girls’ track team, was met by Principal Dr. Kye Gaffey and Executive Director of Schools Earl Hernandez at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and told he was to leave the school immediately.
“I was getting ready to get on the bus to go to the conference track meet tonight,” Boyce said. “I then heard my name (over the security radio). I went to Kye’s office and Earl Hernandez was already sitting there. They took my keys, walked me to get my things and escorted me to my car.”
While an official reason for placing the teacher on leave hasn’t been announced, Boyce said he knows what’s behind the measure.
Boyce has been vocal about his stand against school closings, program cuts and the leadership style of Superintendent Dr. LaVonne M. Sheffield. He has expressed some of that frustration through posts on Facebook.
“They have been investigating me for the past two months,” Boyce said. “They can’t really find anything so they are now using things I am putting on Facebook.”
Early Thursday, Boyce posted a comment on the social networking site regarding the suspension of Beyer Principal David Sanders. Sanders was placed on administrative leave earlier this week for restraining an unruly student.
Boyce disagrees with the move.
“Sanders used a CPI move–something he was trained to do,” Boyce said. “And now he’s out on administrative leave.”
Boyce is also filming a documentary about failing school systems and is the creator of the Facebook page, “Rock Bottom–Schools That Don’t Work.”
“They basically want me out of the buildings,” Boyce said. “Now that I am out there with Facebook, the administration wants to cut any ties I have with people.”
Boyce said he has done nothing to warrant a paid leave. He is also not going to remain silent about what he calls poor district leadership.
District 205 officials would not comment on the investigation.
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