An unnamed teacher at Tallulah Elementary School in Tallulah, La., has been fired after she failed to notice two third grade students allegedly having oral sex under a classroom table, the News-Star reports.
District Superintendent Lisa Wilmore told the paper the teacher was fired because the incident occurred under her watch.
"The principal felt that she was not monitoring the classroom adequately," Wilmore said, according to the News-Star. "The principal made a decision, and I supported the principal. We have to make sure we have people in these classrooms who are monitoring our students."
According to WBRZ, the district has also placed a different teacher on paid leave during an investigation of alleged substance abuse while on the job.
In a separate article, the News-Star reported that both students are now undergoing counseling, and that both teacher dismissals are a part of Wilmore's effort to "change the culture" of the district.
This isn't the first time activities like this have occurred in the classroom while a teacher was present. In February, two kindergarteners at PS 189 in Washington Heights, New York City allegedly took off their clothes and engaged in oral sex-like activities while under the teacher's watch.
One parent told the New York Post the school didn't immediately take responsibility for the incident.
"They were trying to say that my daughter was inviting these children to do this to her," the parent told the paper at the time. "Where were the adults?"
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified WBRZ as a local television station in Tallulah, La. WBRZ is a local news station in Baton Rouge, La.
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