Substitute teacher fired as investigation on text to student continues by policy agency

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A substitute teacher has been terminated from employment and the Shepherdsville Police Department is investigating a possible inappropriate relationship between a student and the instructor.

Suzanne Bickers, 33, of Shepherdsville, was terminated of her duties as a substitute teacher with the Bullitt County Public School System on April 15 by superintendent Keith Davis.

According to board attorney Eric Farris, Davis learned of text messages between Bickers and a student which were deemed to be inappropriate.

The board policy prohibits any communication which is non-academic without parental permission.

On April 16, the Shepherdsville Police Department initiated an investigation after the allegations of misconduct were reported.

According to Sgt. Michael O’Donnell, public information officer for the Shepherdsville Police, administrators from Bullitt Central contacted the department.

“The investigation is still in its initial phase as detectives work to determine what, if any, crimes have occurred,” O’Donnell wrote in a press release.

The written text messages to a male student were discovered and this justified presentation to the commonwealth attorney’s office, according to Farris, due to the teacher’s “position of authority,” which was among changes in recent years to state laws.

Hired in the summer of 2013 as a substitute teacher, Farris said she was employed with appropriate references and no identifiable history of prior problems of allegations.

In accordance with state law, the termination has been reported to the Education Professional Standards Board.

At presstime, no charges have been filed.