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Former Pueblo teacher violated school's ethics policy

By Michelle San Miguel, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau/Telemundo Anchor, michelle.sanmiguel@krdo.com
Published On: Nov 18 2013 08:14:20 PM CST

Former Pueblo teacher violated school's ethics policy

PUEBLO, Colo. -

A former South High School teacher didn't commit a crime when she kissed and sexted with a student, Pueblo Police say, but she did violate the school board's policies. Larisa Oringdulph, however, still has her teacher's license.

The school board's policy on "Staff Use of Technology and Internet and Electronic Communications" states, in part, "Staff may not communicate with students through personal social media platforms or by texting without prior authorization from an administrator."

District 60 policy requires Superintendent Maggie Lopez to notify the Colorado Department of Education if a teacher resigns under certain circumstances, including when the school board believes that an employee is guilty of unethical behavior.

In October, police found cellphone pictures that Oringdulph sent to several male students of her in her underwear. She also told police that she kissed a 17-year-old student outside a gym.

Oringdulph has declined to comment. Her husband told KRDO that she resigned for personal reasons.

Superintendent Lopez has not commented on whether she contacted the Department of Education on the matter. As for the Department of Education, it couldn't confirm or deny whether an investigation is ongoing. A spokesperson added, however, that investigating whether a teacher should lose his/her license is a lengthy process.

KRDO called South High School principal Aaron Bravo to arrange an interview but he told NewsChannel 13 to call District 60 spokesperson, Scott Jones, and then hung up the phone. Jones said the district had no comment.

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