CMS investigating teacher for possible inappropriate behavior with former students

Teacher under CMS investigation

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has opened an investigation into reports of inappropriate behavior by an Ardrey Kell math teacher.

The teacher, Brian Zelk, has not been charged but has been suspended with pay for several weeks as the school system investigates the allegations.

Zelk reportedly did not leave any lesson plans behind when he first went on leave and there is concern among students and parents about their ability to gain credit for completing this class.

David Switzer, principal at Ardrey Kell High School, sent a message of support to students, parents and staff this afternoon.

“Concerns about possible inappropriate behavior by a CMS employee at Ardrey Kell have been brought to the attention of law enforcement and CMS Human Resources,” said Switzer in the message. “At this time, these concerns do not involve current CMS students. The individual is suspended with pay from CMS pending the outcome of ongoing investigation.”

Switzer said classes taught by the teacher in question are being covered by another math teacher at Ardrey Kell and that counseling support is available to any student or staff member by making a request to any school leader.

“I want you to know that our school and district take matters concerning the safety and well-being of our students very seriously,” said Switzer.

“Any concerns or reports of possible inappropriate behavior or violations of CMS conduct policies are investigated thoroughly. The safety and well-being of students is top priority at Ardrey Kell and on every CMS campus.”

In addition to this, Vice Principal Bridget Ritch sent home a letter further explaining the situation today.

Ardrey Kell Letter
Ardrey Kell Letter (Source)

CMS confirmed the allegations of possible inappropriate behavior by a CMS employee at Ardrey Kell have been brought to the attention of law enforcement and CMS HR.

Zelk’s employement status provided by CMS says he was hired August 12, 1996. It classifies him as a 9-12 Math Teacher at Ardrey Kell High School currently suspended with pay.

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