BREAKING NEWS: CHS math teacher Shoup cleared of current bullying claims

Report recommends sensitivity, anti-bullying, harassment training

Columbia High math teacher Shelli Shoup has been cleared of claims of bullying in the classroom, though an investigative report said she could benefit from “remedial sensitivity training including anti-bullying and harassment” training over allegations of past such behavior.

The report, released Friday afternoon, caps a two-week probe by Judy Tatem, the district’s Safe Schools specialist.

Tatem spoke with current math students as well as members of the CHS boys and girls cross-country team, which Shoup coached.

Shoup has since stepped down as coach and requested a transfer from classroom teaching to a post at the district office.

The investigation was prompted by a single claim of misconduct in recent weeks, the report said. The case involved allegations Shoup would not accept make-up work even though the student had a note from a doctor. However, Tatem wrote, records showed the student was in class when the assignments were made and when they were due.

Supt. Lex Carswell said he could not comment on the case beyond the scope of the report, which he signed off on.

See Sunday’s Lake City Reporter for more on this story.

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