Bay County Substitute Teacher Fired

By: Josh Gauntt Email
By: Josh Gauntt Email

Julie Bland was removed from the substitutes list last Friday. Although they will not specifically reveal the details of the complaint, school district officials say Bland had a sexually inappropriate conversation over a cell phone with a Mosley High School student.

Someone apparently overheard the conversation recently and eventually reported it to Mosley school officials last Thursday.

According to school district documents, Mosley Principal Bill Husfelt called the district's human resources director, Dr. Tommye Lou Richardson, and apprised her of the incident. That was followed up Friday morning with a letter from Husfelt to Richardson, asking that Bland be removed from the substitute list and barred from volunteering at any school district functions.

Richardson apparently investigated the incident, and Friday afternoon sent a letter to Superintendent James McCalister, recommending Bland's removal, which McCalister approved.

"In this case, we took action immediately and informed by a letter to the person that they need to return all our substitute badges that they had to get on our campuses and that sort of thing. All that was done," James McCallister, Superintendent of Bay District Schools, said.

Julie Bland had been a substitute teacher with the school district since July 2006.


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