Band Director Accused of Crossing Line with Students Resigns

FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A young high school band director is off the job, accused of exposing some of his students to inappropriate adult material.

A mother and father were livid after they say they discovered the 23-year-old teacher at Green High School texted an inappropriate picture to their 17-year-old daughter.

"He definitely crossed the line,” the girl’s father Glenn Finley said. “A picture like that should never be sent to a student."

Another mother who didn't want to be identified says the teacher drove her son and another male student from the Marshall University Honor Band performance in Huntington in February to his new home in Franklin Furnace to pick up his house keys.

She says the band director showed the boys an adult device. Her son said the teacher told them it wasn’t his, and someone must have left it there.

The woman's son took a picture of the teacher holding it.

"Children were taken from a band trip in Huntington to a vacant home and exposed to adult material they should have never been exposed to," the mother said.

The Finleys say the band director later texted another picture of that device's container to their daughter, which shows a scantily clad man and woman using the item.

"My daughter is a minor, and I would think any adult would know not to do stuff, that is just common sense," her mother Janie Finley said.

Green Superintendent Sandy Mers says the teacher resigned Wednesday after a special disciplinary board meeting was held last Monday.

However, some of his students believe he shouldn't lose his job.

Kayla Davis says she and about 20 of her band classmates are planning to attend the next board meeting to defend the teacher.

"They could have done two weeks without pay,” Davis said. “This was the first thing, and he's done so many good things for the music program."

Davis says she believes the teacher had no malicious intent, was just being funny, and they want him rehired.

"I've worked with (the teacher) for two years,” Davis said. “I know how band directors get with their students. He didn't mean any harm with the pictures at all."

The Finleys say malicious intent or not, what happened was unacceptable.

"These kids have stood up for what's right and blown the whistle on him, and now parents and students have put them in a position making them feel like they've done the wrong thing,” Greg Finley said. “That's just not the case."

For now a substitute is filling in with the band while the school looks for a permanent replacement, Mers said.

The band director is not facing any criminal charges according to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Department.

The teacher did not return our messages Monday.

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