West Caldwell teacher's suspension ends

Altercation with student results in three weeks with no pay
May. 11, 2013 @ 08:21 AM

A West Caldwell High teacher who was suspended on April 26 because of an altercation with a student during class is returning to the school.

Kyle Dunn, a social studies teacher and the school’s varsity football coach, was suspended without pay for three weeks, according to Libby Brown, community services director for Caldwell County Schools. He returns to work on Monday.

School officials would not release any information about the reason for Dunn's suspension or confirm reports received by the News-Topic.

A student who said he was in Dunn's class three weeks ago said a student was on her cellphone, and Dunn asked for the student to give him the phone, but she wouldn't get off the phone. The altercation followed. The News-Topic could not confirm details of that exchange.

Dunn, who has been in education for 26 years, 17 of them in Caldwell County Schools, said in a brief phone interview Friday that he was protecting himself.

“I was simply defending myself in an altercation with a student,” Dunn said on Friday. “I have been supportive and committed to students for 26 years, and will continue to do that until I retire.”