Saratoga Springs teacher fired over relationship with student

"If you were a mom and you knew your daughter was up at 1:36 doing this, you would probably feel pretty upset," wrote Oppenneer in one late-night message.

He did not stop writing the student, however, even after his wife (a teacher in the South Colonie School District) discovered the communiquEs and became "very upset."

"As much as I feel I shouldn't have to defend myself for communicating with you, I can certainly see her point of view," wrote Oppenneer. "I also imagine it would freak your parents out, too. And perhaps the school officials not to mention the police."

The police did become involved after the girl's mother discovered their correspondence near the end of the summer and turned the electronic messages over to New York State Police. No charges were filed against Oppenneer after an investigation, but it caused the school district to look into the matter and call in the Education Department.

Oppenneer was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 5.

The district officially terminated Oppenneer at a Tuesday, Aug. 12, meeting of the board of education under the provisions of section 3020-a of educational law on the basis that, as stated by the report, "[Oppenneer] engaged in a course of serious misconduct in his dealings with a 14-year-old impressionable female student."

"We're grateful that the due process procedures resulted in a determination," said Superintendent Janice White. "We always seek to ensure a safe and secure environment for all of our students.""

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