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Two Worthington teachers resign after allegations of 'unbecoming' conduct

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Two Worthington high school teachers resigned in November after being accused of engaging in “conduct unbecoming to the teaching profession.”

Brendan Bey, who taught English, speech and journalism at Thomas Worthington High School, was removed from his classroom Nov. 15 and placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into his district-issued laptop computer.

In a separate incident, Worthington Kilbourne High School physical education teacher and former baseball coach Mario Paliotto was placed on administrative leave Oct. 23 for allegedly pushing a student. He entered into a resignation agreement with the school board Nov. 14.

Bey since has retired, effective his 120th day of service for the 2012-13 school year. He will not return to the classroom. Bey has been with the district for 31 years and was the adviser to The Phoenix, the school’s award-winning news magazine. He was given a standard-form letter, placing him on paid administrative leave. It forbade him from returning to the building or appearing on school grounds, athletics events or school functions, according to information provided by the school district.

“Please note that this action is being taken as part of a standard investigatory procedure and does not constitute a disciplinary action or determination of wrongdoing on your part,” the letter stated.

A report to the state superintendent of public instruction stated that the “Worthington School District is investigating Mr. Bey’s district laptop.”

District public-information officer Vicki Gnezda said police were consulted but have not been involved as it was deemed “not a criminal matter.”

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