BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A teacher at Independence High School has been placed on leave as the district investigates allegations of misconduct.
The announcement comes as a cellphone video made rounds on social media.
According to Bakersfield police, officers were dispatched to Independence High School for reports of a teacher watching lewd material and engaging in lewd acts while in the presence of students.
Officers investigated, but did not make an arrest. The Kern High School District is not naming the teacher involved.
The district released a statement, saying the teacher was immediately placed on leave.
“The Kern High School District is aware of allegations involving a teacher at Independence High School. As soon as it was brought to our attention, the teacher was immediately placed on leave,” a district spokesperson told 17 News on Thursday.
“We take allegations or accusations of this nature very seriously, and an investigation into this matter will be conducted.”
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 661-327-7111.