Brooklyn gym teacher John Ramirez was removed from Origins High School after a photo of a former student kissing his cheek surfaced on Instagram.
The picture featured a student who graduated last year after playing on a PSAL flag football team that Ramirez had coached. In the photo, Tamara Stimphil grasps Ramirez’s chin in her hand and pecks him on the cheek. Although the picture has since been removed from Instagram, it hasn’t been forgotten at the high school.
“Everybody’s passing it around,” one insider at Origins High School said.
According to Education Department spokesperson Devora Kaye, the school took swift actions to remove Ramirez from the property due to “serious allegations," though she didn’t specify what those allegations might be.
“The students thought it was strange that they were always together,” the insider noted.
Ramirez will continue to collect his regular pay as mandated in the city’s contract with the teacher's union. According to SeeThroughNY, Ramirez earns $101,257 per year.
As of Monday, the school’s principal John Banks still hadn’t notified parents of the situation. According to one school source, administrators are trying to keep the case “hush-hush."
The school, located on 3000 Avenue X, has about 300 children enrolled in grades 9 and 10.
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