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Three Clewiston educators accused of inappropriate contact with students

Teachers accused of inappropriate behavior
Posted: 10:20 PM, Apr 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-05 08:38:58-04

CLEWISTON, Fla. — Two educators and a secretary in Clewiston were fired after inappropriate behavior with students.

On Wednesday, Taylor Catlatt, a female substitute teacher was caught kissing or being kissed by a student at Clewiston Middle School.

Another incident happened on Tuesday at Clewiston High School. Laurinda Barazza, a secretary at the school, allegedly sent inappropriate photos to students.

Back in February, Ravin Lee resigned from his teaching position after allegations of sending inappropriate photos to students.

Hendry County Sheriff's Office is investigating all three cases. One is getting reviewed in Tallahassee.

Deputy Superintendent of Hendry County School District Robert Egley says students and parents played a significant role in tipping the administration about the teachers' behavior.

“So we are thankful that our parents and students if they hear something or see something, that they’re saying something," Egley said.

Egley says most of the incidents occurred on social media, which continues to be a factor in the number of incidents rising.

" When people do things that are improper and unacceptable on social media, it’s a permanent reminder of a moment of stupidity. And the number of incidents we deal with has increased dramatically,” Egley said. “We can’t control what people say or do, but we can control how we respond to it.”