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Teacher's case goes to state
By TOM MARSHALL, Times Staff Writer
Published October 18, 2007
Shawn Bingham says the wallet was empty.
BROOKSVILLE - With little discussion Tuesday, the Hernando County School Board forwarded the case of a teacher accused of theft to the state for a hearing.
Board members said they had not seen the surveillance video that shows Shawn C. Bingham picking up a 16-year-old student's wallet from a bench at Hernando High School on Sept. 17 and returning it a short time later.
The tape sheds no light on the student's claim that Bingham removed $75 from the wallet before returning it, said Joe Vitalo, president of the Hernando Classroom Teachers' Association union.
Bingham, a gym teacher and assistant football coach, says the wallet was empty.
But superintendent Wayne Alexander has recommended the teacher's firing, saying other evidence gathered in a district investigation shows his guilt.
The board voted unanimously to suspend Bingham without pay pending the review by the Division of Administrative Hearings.