Pelican Elementary teacher resigns amid accusations of inappropriate relations with highschooler

CREATED Dec. 12, 2013

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CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- A Pelican Elementary School teacher has resigned suddenly amid allegations about an inappropriate relationship with an 18-year-old at another Cape Coral school. 

In a brief email to the school's principal, fifth-grade teacher David Rode wrote:

"I, David Rode, have decided to resign from my position at Pelican Elementary School effective immediately. Please feel free to contact me if there is any other information you need from me."

Rode nor district officials have commented on the accusations.  

Four in Your Corner reached out to district officials to find out what the policies are surrounding teacher-student relationships.  

According to section 3H of the Florida Department of Education's Code of Ethics, a teacher cannot exploit a relationship with a student for personal gain or advantage. 

District Communications Director Amity Chandler said- under state policy- a student is considered a student, regardless of the student's age or where the student attends school. 

Parent Shanon Diehm's son was in Rode's class and said the teacher was well-liked by students and parents, prior to this incident.

Diehm said she doesn't believe any teacher who has relations with a student should be allowed to teach again. 

"He chose to be a teacher, so that opens it all up," Diehm said. "He might have a life after teaching, but he brought that into the [classroom]."

Fox 4 reached out to Rode for a comment or explanation about his resignation, but did not get a response.