Michael D. Clark reports:
For the second time this month, allegations that a Lakota West High School teacher had improper contact with a student have surfaced.
The Enquirer reviewed personnel records for Robert E. Supinger, a former long-term substitute teacher at the Butler County high school and found he allegedly kissed a student and took her to meet his parents.
Supinger was cited by district officials for dating and kissing a female student during the 2011-12 school year.
Earlier this month, state education officials revoked the 25-year-old Supinger’s teaching license; he is no longer allowed to teach in Ohio.
He resigned his substitute math teacher position in a short, hand-written note to district officials in May 2012 after an investigation by the district.
“He resigned in lieu of termination,” said Randy Oppenheimer, spokesman for Lakota Schools.
“It’s an unfortunate situation. But the process worked to take him out of the classroom right away, then ensure that he no longer works in education,” Oppenheimer said.
In a Dec. 12, 2012, memo from the Ohio Department of Education, Supinger was cited as having “engaged in inappropriate relations with … a student in your class.”
“Specifically, you kissed and hugged the student. You took the student to a movie and dinner, you took the student to your house to meet your parents, you took the student to a park and went for a walk and you sent non-school related text messages to the student.”
Earlier this month, an Enquirer search of public records revealed that a full-time Lakota West math teacher – George Merk – lost his teaching license for 45 days this summer under an agreement with state education officials.
Merk, who admitted improper behavior did not cross into criminal behavior, is scheduled to return to his job when classes begin at the high school next month.