DOE: Hawaii teacher accused of ‘serious misconduct’ is cleared to return to work

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Published: May. 13, 2022 at 7:58 AM HST|Updated: May. 13, 2022 at 11:54 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The state Department of Education said a Hawaii teacher accused of “serious misconduct” has been cleared to return to work.

Officials said Friday that the allegations against the male employee at Solomon Elementary were not substantiated.

The school at Schofield Barrackssent a letter to parents on Thursday about the claims.

In the letter, Principal Thomas Swan also called the allegations inaccurate.

However, during an investigation the teacher was placed on leave.

In a confusing twist, just a few hours after the letter was posted on the school’s social media, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii posted its own Facebook message, saying it became aware of the allegations Thursday and contacted the state Department of Education.

The Army said the employee would not be returning to work this school year.

This morning, U.S. Army Hawaii became aware of allegations of misconduct by a Hawaii Department of Education (HI DoE)...

Posted by U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii on Thursday, May 12, 2022

The Army did not clarify if this employee is the same teacher mentioned in the school’s letter.

This story will be updated.

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