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Wisconsin Teacher Fired For Watching Porn At Work Regains Job

| by Will Hagle

A Wisconsin public school teacher that was fired for viewing pornographic images and videos at work was reinstated by his district’s school board on Monday. 

The teacher, Andrew Harris, is a former seventh-grade science teacher at Glacier Creek Middle School in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, located near Madison. Harris was fired in 2010, but a 60-page arbitrator’s order mandated that he be reinstated this year. The district’s school board recently voted to comply with the order. 

According to Fox News, taxpayers in the district will be required to fund almost $200,000 in back pay for the years in which Harris was out of work. The publication also claims that the district spent almost $1 million on Harris’s case, including legal fees. The school district ultimately decided to offer Harris a new job teaching seventh-grade science at Kromrey Middle School, a different school in the district.

Prior to the school board’s decision, superintendent Don Johnson voiced his disapproval of Harris’s actions and the arbitrator’s ruling.

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“This ruling completely minimizes the conduct that cannot be tolerated. It sends the message that it is acceptable for employees to view pornography at school, during the student-school day, on school equipment. It also flies in the face of the need to provide a professional work environment and a safe place to educate our children,” Johnson said, according to Lakeshore Lament.