A New Jersey elementary school teacher who had been accused of urinating in plastic bottles during class and having his students flush the contents in the bathroom has been fired after a two-year legal delay over tenure, according to a published report.
Ron Tuitt, who taught second grade in the Paterson Public School District for more than a dozen years, was placed on administrative leave in November 2010 after school officials learned of several incidents the year before that involved him allegedly relieving himself in trash cans in his classroom or in plastic bottles that students were then asked to empty in the boys' bathroom, according to NorthJersey.com.
On Tuesday, state Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf revoked Tuitt's tenure and granted the school district's request to fire him. The decision came about a month and a half after an administrative law judge ruled that the conduct Tuitt displayed, according to court documents, "was inappropriate and unprofessional and constitutes conduct unbecoming a staff member" -- key considerations that must be met in order for a tenured teacher to be terminated.
Tuitt, 56, had also been accused of driving students home when he shouldn't have and sending inappropriate, accusatory e-mails to parents after he was placed on administrative leave.
Tuitt, who uses a wheelchair, denied some of the charges and told the state that others were because he was ill and his principal removed some accommodations.
He told NBC 4 New York that he and his attorney were appealing the commissioner's decision.