Mae Jemsion teacher accused of sexual misconduct with student, placed on administrative leave

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Huntsville City Schools officials have confirmed that a teacher at Mae Jemison High School has been placed on administrative leave over allegations of sexual misconduct with a student.

The female teacher was removed from campus on Wednesday and a message was sent home to parents, notifying them of the allegations. "They are allegations and so while that's being investigated the teacher is not at school," confirmed Superintendent Matt Akin.

Akin says he does not want to identify the teacher but says she is not a new teacher at the school. "I think the important thing to know is as soon as we were notified, we reacted immediately."

School officials say that the incident has been turned over to Huntsville Police and the Board of Education will take appropriate action if warranted.

"We are committed to providing excellent schools and we work every day to serve the students that we have and to provide a top-notch school system in Huntsville Alabama."