Dora High teacher placed on leave for inappropriate comments made to a student

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 4/12/16

A teacher at Dora High School has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly making inappropriate comments to a student.

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Dora High teacher placed on leave for inappropriate comments made to a student

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A teacher at Dora High School has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly making inappropriate comments to a student.

Eric Tolbert, a history teacher at the school, is being investigated on charges of misconduct.

Walker County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jason Adkins confirmed the ongoing investigation, and said Tolbert will remain on leave until further notice.

“We do take a very hard stand against that [inappropriate comments],” Adkins said. “That situation arose, and we’re going to deal with it accordingly.”

Tolbert also coached a Dora boys junior varsity team during the current school year, and according to a Dora High School Alumni Web Community blog post from 2006, he was a minister at St. Joseph Baptist Church. Tolbert’s current affiliation with the church could not be confirmed.

According to the Alabama State Department of Education website, “alleged misconduct has been reported” against Tolbert and “at this time, the department has not proposed any negative action against the individual's certification or licensure.”

Dora High School Principal Paige Skalnik said she didn’t want to comment on Tolbert’s leave, pending the ongoing investigation.

The Walker County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that no arrest report has been filed against Tolbert.