Text-messaging teacher gets a reprieve
In September, Pinellas school officials wanted to fire Azalea Middle School math teacher Jason Williams, 32, for conducting an inappropriate online conversation with a female student and for using his school laptop to access pornographic Web sites.
Now, after a review of the e-mail exchanges between Williams and a student with whom he discussed meeting at a local mall, an interview with the girl's father and interviews with six other children, the district has determined there is insufficient evidence that Williams harmed or intended to harm any student.
Pending a School Board vote Tuesday, he could be back at school – a different school – as early as next week.
Check back for the full story on Sunday.
- Donna Winchester, Pinellas education reporter