Union County high school teacher arrested for inappropriate contact with students online
UNION COUNTY, NC (WBTV) – A teacher at Weddington High School has been arrested for inappropriate contact with students online, the Union County Sheriff’s Office has said.
Santos Alejandro Valladares, 28, was charged Wednesday with two counts of spreading obscenity and three counts of spreading obscenity to a minor.
The arrest comes after a thorough investigation by UCSO with assistance from the Union County Public School Administration.
The investigation began after UCPS staff received reports that Valladares had inappropriate contact with students online.
Valladares initiated and maintained contact with many students via Snapchat in which he shared obscene material.
UCPS ‘ Staff-student relations The policy states that employees are not permitted to communicate with enrolled students through social media not controlled by the school without written parental permission (except to the extent that the employee and student have an appropriate relationship that originates from outside the school setting) and the written authorization of the employee’s immediate supervisor.
The Staff-Student Relations Policy also prohibits employees from communicating with students through other forms of individual electronic communication, including, but not limited to, telephone, SMS, email. , etc. without the prior written approval of the employee’s supervisor and the student’s parent.
There are exceptions to this rule, including the following:
a. the communication (1) is for educational purposes, (2) is carried out through a platform provided by the school system which archives all such communication for a period of at least three years, (this requirement does not apply to communications by telephone or voicemail), or is conducted through an electronic videoconferencing platform (e.g. Teams, Zoom, Webex, Google Meet) that has been approved by the Superintendent or designate for educational purposes, and (3) occurs after the employee has given notice to his or her supervisor or representative that such communications will take place;
b. the communication serves educational purposes and is simultaneously copied or transmitted to the supervisor or designate of the employee and, upon request, to the parent or guardian;
vs. communication is required in an emergency in good faith, provided the communication is disclosed to the supervisor and parent or guardian as soon as reasonably practicable; Where
D. communication arises from a relationship or association outside of the school setting and occurs with the consent of the parent or guardian, provided such communication is appropriate and does not violate this or any other policy advice.
In addition, the neighborhood social media policy says employees cannot communicate with current students on their personal social media websites. There are exceptions, including talking to friends and relatives or if an emergency requires such communication. If urgency warrants communication, the employee must contact his immediate supervisor as soon as possible.
MPs say Valladares is still employed by the UCPS and would be subject to their standard disciplinary procedures.
UCPS told WBTV that the teacher has been working with the school district since 2017 and has been on administrative leave since September 28.
“Our investigators, along with the administrative staff of UCPS, have come together to identify and arrest an perpetrator who sought to exploit children in our community,” said Sheriff Cathey. “We will remain vigilant in our efforts to curb all activity related to sexual exploitation. I encourage parents to talk to their children and teens about the dangers of social media apps and to monitor their accounts to keep them safe.
Snapchat has strict community guidelines against sexually explicit content, bullying, harassment, violence, deception, and more.
Users can report inappropriate accounts and stories on the Snap Chat website or in the app, this can be done by selecting the story or account and clicking on the report.
Jared Quick’s children are homeschooled, but he says he closely monitors his children’s activities on social media apps for their safety.
“The nature of social media is harmful for kids who are not fully developed and not fully aware of themselves so it creates all kinds of problems for them and you have the predatory side of things,” said Quick.
Quickly, he says he only allows them on social media with parental supervision.
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