“Kyle Copeland has been suspended without pay pending the (BCSO) investigation,” said Bradley County Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel.
McDaniel said he made the decision for suspension based on information he had received. He said the issue is now in the hands of BCSO and the District Attorney’s Office.
McDaniel said he could not comment on the information being investigated because the investigation was ongoing.
He said the Sheriff’s Office had been involved since the beginning.
Assistant District Attorney Stephen Hatchett said the allegations being investigated reportedly stem from “inappropriate communication/contact” with a student.
Hatchett said he could not comment further because the investigation by the Sheriff’s Office was not complete. Since nothing is confirmed at his point, Hatchett said he did not want to say anything that could jeopardize the case or Copeland’s future should the allegations prove to be false.
“We are confirming that we are conducting an investigation involving a high school teacher. At this time we are not acknowledging the person involved or the specific allegation pending further investigation,” said Bob Gault, spokesman for BCSO.
Gault offered no timetable for when the investigation might be completed.
Contacted by the Cleveland Daily Banner early this morning, Copeland declined to comment on the investigation.
In addition to being an assistant coach, Copeland has taught business classes at the school.