Murrieta Valley High School Teacher Placed on Leave Amid Misconduct Allegation

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A Murrieta Valley High School teacher was placed on administrative leave this week amid a police investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct with a student, district officials said.

The school learned of the investigation on Monday and subsequently took action, placing Shannon Fosgett on leave that afternoon, according to Karen Parris, the public information officer for Murrieta Valley Unified School District.

The administrative leave was indefinite pending the outcome of the investigation, the spokeswoman told KTLA on Wednesday.

Parris added that she couldn't reveal any details about the investigation or the allegations against Fosgett, other than that the teacher was accused of misconduct.

A statement posted to the district's website said the teacher was being investigated by the Murrieta police for inappropriate conduct with a student, but did not elaborate on the allegations.

No charges have been filed.

"This is a very unfortunate and disappointing situation and school and district administrators are working closely with Murrieta Police Department on their ongoing investigation," the statement read.

Fosgett teaches earth sciences at the high school, according to the district's website.

A former student described her as a "really good teacher" who helped her get her grades back up last year when she was having academic issues.

She added she was "shocked" by the allegations.

“I heard rumors, but I didn’t really want to believe them ... I still kind of don’t want to believe them, because it seems really out of character for her," said the student, who did not wish to be identified.

“She was more the kind of teacher that would just help students, not like get in their personal space," the girl explained.

Anyone with information about the investigation has been asked to call Murrieta police at 951-696-3615.

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