An Indiana high school teacher suspended over a newspaper story about a student accused of murder is back in the classroom, but is no longer advising student journalists, the Indianapolis Star reports. Chad Tuley, 26, met yesterday with Franklin Township Schools Superintendent E.B. Carver and Franklin Central High School Principal Kevin Koers. They reinstated Tuley as a sophomore English teacher, but he will no longer be connected with the Pilot Flashes, a monthly student-produced newspaper.
The district suspended Tuley with pay on Nov. 12 after the Pilot Flashes printed a story about a student, Christopher S. Pitcock, 17, who faces murder charges in the stabbing and beating of a 67-year-old man. District officials said the story should not have been printed because of its sensitive nature, because Pitcock’s sister attends the 1,800-student high school on Indianapolis’ Southeastside. They also said Tuley disobeyed a directive earlier this month to withhold the story. Tuley has said the high school’s principal expressed some concerns with the story before it ran, but did not tell him to withhold it from the newspaper. Jordan Isaac, 17, who has been on the newspaper staff for two years, said Tuley’s punishment has angered many students on the staff and at the school. “It's ridiculous that they're doing this,” she said.