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Personnel file released of Lee County teacher who admitted to kissing student

Posted at 10:54 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 22:54:53-05
The personnel file of a Lee County school teacher suspended after kissing a student revealed minimal disciplinary problems. 
 
According to an investigation by the Lee County School district the incident occurred in February.
 
Jonathan Blikstad was suspended for three days without pay following the investigation into the incident where he confessed to kissing the student on the neck. 
 
In a statement he wrote, "in my heart I knew I had offender her."
 
"My face, it just turned blood shot red and I didn't know what to do," said Mariah Torres. "I just felt embarrassed, and I'm just thinking why me? why did he have to do that to me."
 
Despite being reported to the Florida Department of Education, and a change.org petition with nearly 400 signatures Blikstad continues to teach for the district. 
 
Four in your corner obtained his personnel file, which spanned a more than decade long career with the Lee County School district. 
 
It was mostly clean and consisted of several satisfactory remarks regarding his commitment to teaching. However, it was stated several times Mr. Blikstad struggled to maintain control of his classroom. 
 
When a job application questioned if he ever had to resign, rather than face discipline or termination Blikstad stated, yes. 
 
In a handwritten letter he said in part: "I was asked to resign as pastor....because of philosophical differences." 
 
On a separate form he claimed he was fired from his job at Cape Coral High school due to budgetary concerns.
 
Fox 4 reached out to the school district to comment on Blikstad's employment status, however a spokesperson chose not to comment.