School fires teacher accused of drugs, sending nude pics to teen

By J.D. Wallace - bio | email

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) – A teacher who already faces charges for sex and drugs with a student received another punishment Tuesday night.

Jennifer Whiting taught English for three years at Rincon High School, according to the assistant principal there. Whiting was arrested near the end of June after Tucson Police said that they found nude pictures of her that she had sent to a sixteen year old student's cell phone. Police arrested her on charges of one count furnishing obscene or harmful items to minors, four counts sexual conduct with a minor, and three counts involving or using minors for drug offenses.  Police said that the incidents happened between May 26th, which was the last day of school, and June 23rd.

On Tuesday night, the Tucson Unified School District governing board unanimously approved a statement of charges and will send an intent to dismiss her. She cannot teach in the district. TUSD's statement of charges said that Whiting's conduct is in violation of governing board policies and regulations from staff conduct to staff conduct with students.

"As far as I know, there are criminal charges against her also, so her fingerprint card has been pulled, she doesn't have clearance to teach when her fingerprint card has been pulled by law enforcement," said TUSD governing board president Judy Burns after the board unanimously approved the statement of charges.

After ten days from receiving the intent to dismiss, Whiting will be officially terminated. She can request a hearing in that time. But that won't change the fact that she cannot teach in TUSD.

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