MIDDLETON (WKOW) --- The teacher some parents are protesting in the Middleton-Cross Plains school district sent a letter to the parents of his students, apologizing for his actions and inviting parents to visit one of his classes.
Andrew Harris was recently reinstated after facing accusations he shared explicit emails on his school computer. Harris was fired from Glacier Creek Middle School in Middleton in 2010, but an arbitrator and court ruled Harris was wrongly fired and should have been suspended like other teachers in the district found to have engaged in similar conduct. When the state supreme court declined to take on the district's appeal, Harris was reinstated.
Reactions from the Middleton community are wide-ranging. Some who read Harris' letter are unwilling to forgive. Other parents are willing to drop the issue and move on.
"I think everybody deserves a second chance. However, parents do have their own view and their own values so I can't speak to how they perceive the situation," Middelton parent Jay Wontor says just before picking up his 6th grader after school Friday afternoon.
Harris started work at Kromrey Middle School in Middleton last Friday, and returned to the classroom, teaching 7th grade science, this week.
A spokesperson for the school district tells 27 News Harris instructed roughly 125 students on his first day, and only four families chose the option of sending their student to study hall instead of Harris's class.
This comes days after Governor Scott Walker sent a letter to Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers asking for him to revoke Harris's license.
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