NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Norfolk teacher has resigned after it was discovered shewas rubbing "holy oil" on students and their desks during school, aNorfolk Public Schools spokesperson said.
The fifth-grade teacher worked at
Interim Superintendent of Schools, Michael Spencer, sent a memoon Wednesday to members of the School Board:
"In early June, a parent reported that a fifth-grade teacher atJacox Elementary School allegedly was using inappropriate religiouspractices in her classroom. I interviewed the teacher, and theOffice of Pupil Personnel conducted an investigation. Theteacher admitted that she had rubbed 'holy oil' on students andtheir desks during the school day. She was immediately removed fromthe classroom, and she resigned as of June 30."
Norfolk Public Schools provides teachers with training onacceptable classroom behavior and practices, according to Norfolkschool's public information officer Karen Tanner. She said theteacher violated school policy when she anointed her students.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.