Reporting an inappropriate image online leads to Salem, OR teacher on paid leave

The school principal described the report as ‘concerning’

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A teacher at Judson Middle School in Salem is on paid administrative leave after the school received a report of an inappropriate image believed to be a staff member shared on social media, according to the school district of Salem-Keizer.

The district confirmed to KOIN 6 News that Dean Wright of Judson Middle School was placed on paid administrative leave last Monday.

In a letter to the families, Alicia Kruska – the school’s headmistress – called the report “worrying” and said she received it last Monday. The email went on to say that staff believed the image had been seen by some students.

Wright was furloughed as “standard process for allegations involving employees.”

“Know that the safety and well-being of your student is our top priority, which is why we take all reports seriously,” Kruska said in the post obtained by KOIN 6 News. “Support is always available for pupils at school if they have any concerns. If there is a specific concern about your student, we will contact you directly.

The district is cooperating with law enforcement to investigate the complaint, the letter adds.

When asked for additional details, an SKSD spokesperson said the district was unable to answer any further questions because “this is a confidential personal matter.”