VALLEY PARK, MO (KTVI) - A St. Louis County high school teacher is notably absent from the classroom. He was put on paid administrative leave while police say they're investigating his conduct.
FOX 2 received anonymous tips regarding what Robert Woerheide, a Valley Park High School language arts teacher, is accused of, but neither school administrators nor police will confirm these tips.
Valley Park School District Spokesperson Kathy Josephsohn says this teacher allegedly violated board policy, but she wouldn't say which policy that was. The school district has launched an investigation, and at this point, Woerheide is not permitted on school grounds.
Meanwhile, St. Louis County Police Sgt. Brian Schellman says his department is also investigating. No arrests have been made at this point.
Superintendent David Knes sent a letter home to all Valley Park parents Thursday, informing them that Woerheide was placed on paid leave, as soon as district officials became aware of the alleged violation.
Knes assures parents that a highly competent teacher has taken over Woerheide's classroom.
Knes says, "First of all, I want to stress that the safety and well-being of our students is always our priority. This employee has been removed from his duties and is prohibited from being on district property while the investigation is being conducted."
Meanwhile, Woerheide has been with the school district for two years. Students say he's a well-liked teacher.