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Pekin Community High School’s Kevin Pummill resigns after allegedly engaging in racist activities

Pekin Community High School’s Superintendent confirmed Tuesday night that social studies teacher, Kevin Pummill, is resigning.

The resignation comes after the teacher was accused of being involved in racist activities online. Shortly after those articles appearing online, Pekin Community High School said they placed a teacher on administrative leave after he allegedly engaged in racist activities. The district did not name the teacher at that time.

At the time the district released a statement from Superintendent Danielle Owens saying, “The School District does not condone and will not tolerate racist behavior in any form. School representatives will not have any further comment about the matter until the investigation is complete.”

Despite repeated attempts to confirm Pummill’s identity, Superintendent Owens only confirmed his identity Tuesday night.

Here is a statement from the superintendent:

Pekin Community High School District No. 303 commenced an investigation into allegations that one of its teachers had engaged in racist activities. During the course of the investigation, the teacher resigned from employment and will not return to the school. While the resignation occurred early in the process of the investigation, school representatives were able to confirm that the teacher made a number of troubling and offensive posts on a private web-based message board. While the school is not aware of any instances of discriminatory conduct against students by the teacher, any concerns by parents or students should be brought to the attention of the administration. Pekin Community High School is committed to providing a quality inclusive education to all of its students.

Molly Jirasek

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