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Published: Friday, 3/2/2012

Swanton High teacher put on leave over accusations

BY TONY COOK
BLADE STAFF WRITER
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SWANTON -- A Swanton High School teacher has been suspended pending a school district investigation into allegations that she had an inappropriate relationship with a male upperclassman, according to Superintendent Russ Griggs.

Michelle Blosser was placed on paid administrative leave at the end of the day Thursday. The suspension came after school administrators learned of allegations Wednesday and decided to investigate.

Allegations include "inappropriate contact and conduct with a student," Mr. Griggs said. "Sex was implied."

The alleged activity took place outside the school, he said. "My understanding is it was off-site," Mr. Griggs said.

The student's parents have been notified and Fulton County Children's Services has been informed of the allegations, which are being investigated by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office. No charges have been filed.

Ms. Blosser, of Fayette, Ohio, was born in 1967, according to Ohio voter registration records. She teaches psychology, sociology, and advanced placement psychology and was the high school's teacher of the month in December.

"She is always willing to go the extra mile to help our students be successful," Principal Steve Gfell said at the time. "She has a great rapport with our students, and her classes are always in high demand. In fact, this year, so many students signed up for her psychology class we had to create an extra section of the course to accommodate the demand."

Attempts to reach her were unsuccessful.



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