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BNL Teacher Dennis Martin Resigns
Updated December 4, 2015 12:06 PM | Filed under: Education
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(BEDFORD) - Bedford North Lawrence High School teacher Dennis Martin submitted his resignation Thursday at the school board meeting.

Martin did not attend the meeting but instead submitted a one-pager letter of resignation.

Martin, a social studies teacher, taught at BNL for more than 22 years.

In the letter Martin wrote: "After the members of the NLCS school board allowed me to conduct a private conference with them on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, I evaluated the various elements of the situation and I realize that, at times, my conduct did not represent the standards of a professional educator."

It continued to say: "I am not being coerced to proffer this resignation, and I was not coerced to submit my letter of resignation on Monday, August 31, 2015.

He added: "The NLCS administration wants the community to find closure, and they want the community to heal."

Superintendent Gary Conner refused to comment on the specifics of the school's investigation into the allegations from students that Martin touched or "massaged" students on the backs. One female student accused Martin of "trying to feel her bra strap." There was also a complaint of Martin showing childbirth videos shown in his psychology class. Students complained the video made them feel uncomfortable.

In Martin's letter he also thanked the community for standing behind him.



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