Middle school teacher accused of misconduct

Dwayne Knecht is 6th grade teacher at Cleveland Middle School

CLEVELAND, Texas - A middle school teacher has been taken out of the classroom.

Cleveland Independent School District officials said Cleveland Middle School teacher Dwayne Knecht was placed on paid administrative leave after he was accused of misconduct.

School district officials declined to release details about the accusation.

"Cleveland ISD's top priorities are the safety of our students and maintaining a supportive learning environment on all campuses; therefore immediate removal of the teacher from the classroom is necessary while the investigation is ongoing," a representative wrote in a statement.

Knecht teaches sixth grade language arts and has been with the school district since 2001.

KPRC Local 2 went to Knecht's home Thursday to get his side of the story.

"I have no comment right now," he said.

When pressed on whether he felt the district acted appropriately in putting him on leave, Knecht said, "If that's what the district feels they need to do."

Some parents, like Patricia Blaikie, said they'll hold their judgment until the investigation into Knecht and another teacher who has recently been placed on leave, Carlos Artieda, are complete. But others, like Kari Richards, who has children at both Eastside Elementary and Cleveland Middle School, said in order to keep her family in the district, administrators would have to do more to screen their teachers.

"I think the schools need to re-evaluate their staff," said Richards.

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