Chiles High teacher under investigation for 'inappropriate communications' with student

Chiles High School
Chiles High School
Posted at 5:30 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 22:45:37-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Leon County Schools is investigating allegations of "inappropriate communications" between a Chiles High School teacher and a student.

According to an email sent to parents from Principal Joe Burgess Wednesday afternoon, a Chiles teacher, Casey O’Brien, has been placed on administrative leave. O'Brien has been a chemistry teacher at the school for seven years.

LCS spokesman Chris Petley said the incident happened this school year, which only began seven days ago. 

The teacher has been placed on leave pending a review into allegations of inappropriate communications with a student.

The full email sent to parents is below:

Dear Parents and Community Members,

The safety and welfare of our students is the most important priority at Chiles.  I want to make you aware of a situation at Chiles High School.  A Chiles teacher, Casey O’Brien , has been placed on administrative leave pending a review into allegations of inappropriate communications with a student.  Pursuant to school board policy (3210), as this is an open investigation, no further comment will be available until its completion.

Thank you for understanding and take care.

Joseph L. Burgess


Chiles High School

Several Chiles' teachers and coaches have appeared in headlines this year. 

WTXL looked into claims of inappropriate behavior from former assistant baseball coaches at Chiles High back in June 26. You can get more details on our investigation here

In early May, a coach was removed for profanity and racial slurs on social media. Days before that, a video of a Chiles student shooting a BB gun out of a car window while yelling racial slurs went viral.