Teacher on administrative leave plans to sue district

Teacher on administrative leave plans to sue district
Posted at 1:18 AM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 02:19:00-04

On Monday, the Riesel ISD school board unanimously voted to not renew the contract of a teacher who was accused of inappropriate behavior in February.

Nicole Heath, who was placed on administrative leave after the allegations were made back then, said she plans to file a lawsuit against the district.

The English high school teacher and basketball coach at Riesel ISD was removed from working with students after she showed a controversial PETA video in class. Parents who contacted News Channel 25 in February called the video the teens watched sexually explicit. The video they referenced was banned from airing during Superbowl 50. 

Heath said students only saw a part of the clip, which was included in a string of videos. In addition, she claims when showed the clips to the class, she wasn’t aware the PETA video was part of it.

Heath attempted to speak before the school board during the public comments portion of Monday’s meeting. However, a school board member told her she couldn’t speak about the case because of the ongoing grievance process.

After saying she understood, she added: “[I wanted to] just tell you a few things that have occurred. The impact I made on the students here and just the things I’ve done in the athletic field on and off the court. I do believe that I’ve accomplished the things I wanted to accomplish while at Riesel ISD.”

She told board members she would like to return to the district. However, at the end of the meeting the board approved ending her employment when her contract expires, which Heath said would be in June.

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