Teacher on paid leave over claims of stalking student

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) – FOX 2 has learned why a Valley Park teacher was put on paid leave in late January. Court documents show he was served with an order of protection for “stalking” a former student.

When this teacher was first put on leave, the Valley Park superintendent said he was banned from school property while the school district and police were investigating. But no one would confirm what they were investigating. Finally some answers from the St. Louis County courts.

Robert Woerheide is a language arts teacher at Valley Park High School. Students said he was a well-liked teacher, who’d been with the district for two years.

On January 28, St. Louis County police say the 38 year-old teacher showed up at the home of a 16 year-old girl, his former student. Court documents show Woerheide had a knife, and caused a disturbance. The girl’s father asked him to leave. He refused, so the father called police. The teacher was arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespassing.

The next day, the girl’s father filed an order of protection against the 38 year-old, stating that he “has consistently tried to contact my child.”

According to this court order, Woerheide can’t communicate with the 16 year-old girl, stalk her or threaten her. He can’t enter her home, or Valley Park High School, or get within 500 feet of her. He can only appear at school, if required by Valley Park administrators.

FOX 2 contacted administrators to check on Woerheide’s employment status. Valley Park is on spring break right now. According to a school district spokesperson, at this point, it appears Woerheide is still banned from school grounds, and still on paid leave.

But that could change. On Wednesday, the board of education met in a closed session. If they did decide to fire Woerheide, that action won’t be made public for 72 hours.

FOX 2 has also reached out to Woerheide’s attorney, listed on the protection order, and the victim’s family. Neither has any comment at this time.

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