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6 teachers fired from Gilbert charter school for violating alcohol abuse policy

Posted at 4:37 PM, Jan 05, 2018

Six teachers have been fired from Imagine West Gilbert after they violated the school's drug and alcohol abuse policy, specifically regarding alcohol, according to school officials.

A letter sent to parents from Imagine West Gilbert school's administration, had parents concerned and demanding answers after several teachers were fired over winter break.

In the letter, officials say the firings stemmed from a Dec. 21 incident that took place on school property during school hours and involved six teachers.

Administrators at the time did not reveal specifics of the incident due to employee confidentiality laws, but they did describe the incident as serious in nature. The staff members were placed on administrative leave while an investigation was conducted.

The letter goes on to say that as a result of that investigation, it was determined that clear violations of the employee handbook occurred regarding the school's drug and alcohol abuse policy, and the six teachers were fired. A school spokesperson said that the decision was made with the best interest of students in mind.

School officials ask that any parents or community members with questions please reach out to the administration directly. 

One parent, Tammy Williamson, says the whole situation is unsettling.

"It was unnerving, I was upset, this happened while our kids were in school, but they won't tell us because of some law?" said Williamson. "Thank goodness it wasn't criminal or sexual in nature, but I'm still not completely comforted because none of the parents know what's going on." 

A school spokesperson says several of the positions have already been filled by highly qualified teachers for the coming semester.