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Parents protest Middleton teacher's reinstatement


MADISON (WKOW) -- Late Friday, officials with the Middleton-Cross Plains school district announced some compromises involving the return of a teacher who had been fired for viewing pornography on his work computer.

District spokesman Perry Hibner says students who don't wish to be in Andrew Harris' class will be allowed to transfer to a study hall.

The district is also putting a teaching assistant in Harris' class for the first few weeks after he begins teaching.

About twenty parents showed up to Kromrey Middle School Friday morning to protest Harris' reinstatement as a teacher.

The parents are upset their children will be taught by Andrew Harris, whose first day back on the job is Friday. He will be back teaching Monday.

Harris was originally fired from the district in 2010 after looking at explicit images on a school computer. An arbitrator ruled - and the courts agreed - the punishment was too harsh and ordered Harris be reinstated.

The school district gave him a job at Kromrey Middle School. He used to teach at Glacier Creek Middle School.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Parents have plans to protest the reinstatement of a teacher who got in trouble for looking at explicit images on a school computer.

Andrew Harris was originally fired, but an Arbitrator and the Courts ruled that he should be reinstated. The Middleton-Cross Plains school district have put him at a different school - Kromrey Middle School- and he starts today. He'll be back in the classroom teaching again on Monday.

The Kromrey PTO tells 27 News that some parents are upset their child will have Mr. Harris and they plan to protest outside of the school on his first day.

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