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Mullica Township Residents Demand Suspended Teacher Be Reinstated

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MULLICA TWP., N.J. -

A Mullica Township teacher is suspended after police say she found two kindergartners in the bathroom claiming to be having sex.

People packed the library at Mullica Township Elementary School demanding the School Board reinstate a teacher now facing tenure charges based on allegations she failed to properly supervise students.

One man stood up during the regular Board Of Education meeting and said, "Kelly needs to be brought back to work now."

Kelly Mascio, a 16-year employee of the district, has been suspended with pay since the September 2013 incident involving two kindergarten students found in the bathroom together.

"Her emotional state? I feel sorry for her. She just doesn't know what's going to happen. Her job's on the line," said Kay McIntyre, the teacher's mother.

Early reports said the teacher found two 5-year old students, a girl and a boy, in a classroom bathroom. They allegedly claimed to have had sex. Barbara Rheault with the Mullica Township Education Association says that's not true.

"All the information out there saying students were naked and having sex are completely unfounded. That was not the case. Ms. Mascio reported that she found the students and when they were questioned they said they were having sex," said Rheault who also said it appears only the boy's shirt was on backwards but no other clothing was out of place. The association handed out what they say is a statement from the teacher. A portion of it reads:

"I asked, "What was going on in the bathroom?" (student) looked at (student) and said, "Do you want to tell her or should I?" I said, "You better tell me now." (student) said, "Hers wanted to have sex with me." I looked at (student) and said "What?" she replied, "He wanted to have some with me."

School Board Solicitor Will Donio says tenure charges have been filed against the teacher.

"The district has taken action regarding an employment matter which it considers both serious and sufficient to warrant the action taken. Again we did not and do not comment on personnel matters," said Donio.

Meanwhile the teacher's mother says her daughter followed protocol, contacted the appropriate authorities but she's still being punished.

"It's a witch hunt," said McIntyre.

Donio said the State Education Commissioner will now decide if the charges are appropriate. If so, the case will be assigned to an arbitrator and a hearing will be held.

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