(CN) – A male teacher was properly suspended for kissing a student on the cheek and writing “I Love You” on homework pages, the Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled.
The Clarksville Montgomery County School System suspended math teacher Taylor for six months and placed him on three years probation.
Students told investigators that they witnessed the kissing incident. They also said Taylor was in the habit of hugging students, telling them that he loved them and writing love messages on assignments.
Taylor challenged the suspension with a lawsuit. The trial court ruled in favor of the school district, and Judge Herschel Franks affirmed.
“Material evidence preponderates in favor of affirming the trial court’s finding that Taylor was guilty of unprofessional conduct,” Franks ruled.