A Chestatee High School math teacher has resigned following allegations of inappropriate communication with an 18-year-old student, according to a news release from Hall County Schools.
Tyler Stover, 25, resigned Monday; he had been employed at the school since August 2009.
According to Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks, spokesman for the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, no charges have been filed yet.
“A sheriff’s investigator has been consulted on the case, and at this time we’re still in the process of determining if the relationship between the teacher and the student, who is 18 and legally considered an adult, rose to the level of criminal activity,” Wilbanks wrote in an email.
Wilbanks said investigators are aware of suggestive text messages between Stover and the student; they are not aware of any photo messages.
School officials learned of the allegations on Sunday, according to the news release, and the matter has been turned over to local law enforcement and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for further investigation.
Hall County Schools declined additional comment citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.
The standards commission could not be reached for comment late Tuesday afternoon.
According to school officials, a certified substitute teacher is currently covering Stover’s class, and the process to replace him has begun.
According to the standards commission’s Code of Ethics for Educators, “soliciting, encouraging or consummating an inappropriate written, verbal, electronic or physical relationship with a student” is unethical.
A student is defined as “any individual enrolled in the state’s public or private schools from preschool through grade 12 or any individual under the age of 18.”
A violation of the code could result in the suspension, revocation or denial of a teaching certificate.