Wakulla County Band Director on Leave of Absence for Inappropriate Text Messages

Wayne Watson
Wayne Watson
Posted at 3:10 PM, Apr 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-21 13:57:51-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A Wakulla High School Band Director has been given a leave of absence following allegations that he was involved in a inappropriate text messaging scandal with several students.

The Office of Safety and Risk Management said that Wayne Watson has been given a leave of absence following allegations of inappropriate text messages and sexual contact.

Officials said that the Wakulla County School Board made a referral to local law enforcement and the Department of Children & Families. The District will also be contacting the Department of Education.

WTXL was told that a child was involved and that there may be as many as five others involved as well.

The principal at Wakulla High School did not want to provide a comment. The District says that it is committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of its students. 

Watson has been suspended with pay. The investigation is still ongoing. 

We will have more on this story as we confirm more details.