Rochester NH teacher in temper tantrum video loses job, not certified

ROCHESTER – A middle school teacher seen on a video screaming in the face of a student and slamming a door earlier this year is no longer employed by the Rochester School District, according to Superintendent Kyle Repucci. An investigation found problems with the district’s hiring of the teacher and reporting of the incident.

The video from the Jan. 31 incident at Rochester Middle School circulated widely in the community via social media.

The investigation found the teacher was not certified to teach in New Hampshire, though he was licensed in another state, according to the district. The investigation also revealed the district violated a duty to report the incident in a timely manner to the state Department of Education due to a delayed response by middle school administrators reporting the incident to the superintendent.

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“We are committing to doing the work necessary to correct any shortcomings in our hiring process, as well as improve and more thoroughly define our policies and procedures,” Repucci said in a prepared statement issued Friday.

Repucci declined an interview for this story, stating the press release is the district’s full response. Questions sent to Repucci sought information about the process that led to the uncertified teacher working in the district and other issues related to the reporting of the screaming incident.

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