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Benilde-St. Margaret fires teacher for 'inappropriate communication with students'

Posted by: Kim McGuire Updated: September 4, 2013 - 6:39 PM

A Benilde-St. Margaret School engineering teacher was fired for "inappropriate communication" with students, according to a letter sent home to parents.

The letter says that Jon Hickman's dismissal was effective Tuesday. Benilde President Dr. Bob Tift wrote to parents that Hickman, who is a photographer, interacted with students outside of teaching.

"Any such activities such as senior photographs or artistic modeling photographs are not connected with or endorsed by BSM," Tift wrote.

On Hickman's photography Facebook page, there are pictures of both young men and women. Some are wearing Benilde apparel. Two young women appear in bikinis.

Schools officials did not return phone calls seeking comment on Hickman's dismissal on Wednesday.

 

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