Palm Bay teacher suspended after making sexual gesture to principal

A teacher was suspended after making a sexual gesture towards a Palm Bay principal.
A teacher was suspended after making a sexual gesture towards a Palm Bay principal.

PALM BAY, Florida – A Palm Bay teacher was suspended after he allegedly made an “inappropriate sexual gesture” towards the Principal at Riveria Elementary Elementary School in Palm Bay, according to the Brevard Public School Board.

Phillip Wachsler allegedly made the gesture to Riveria Elementary Principal Kori Hurst as she was walking out of his sixth-grade classroom in Palm Bay on October 26, 2017.

According to the Brevard Public School Board, several elementary students in his classroom witnessed the sexual gesture.

When Principal Hurst got wind of what Wachsler did, she summoned him to her office on November 14, 2017, to provide a written statement. Wachsler allegedly demonstrated the sexual gesture to the principal.

Wachsler received a letter of reprimand on November 17, 2017, for allegedly using inappropriate language.

The Brevard County School Board suspended Wachsler for one day without pay on January 16, 2018 following an investigation.

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Scott Lee travels between Brevard County and Indian River County and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Lee also writes for Sebastian Daily covering Vero Beach and Florida news. Currently, he covers Palm Bay, West Melbourne, and the Melbourne area.
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