School district says Jaynes was investigated for alleged hazing and harassment


Oct. 25, 2010 at 5:25 a.m.
Updated Oct. 26, 2010 at 5:26 a.m.

DJ Jaynes was investigated for allegations of hazing and harassment shortly before her reassignment to teach physical education at Mitchell Guidance Center, according to school district documents.

The former West High School drill team instructor was placed on administrative leave with pay Sept. 30 pending an investigation and reassigned Oct. 7, according to letters the district sent her.

The Advocate received the documents Monday after an open records request to the school district.

Jaynes will contest her reassignment at a hearing Tuesday because she believes the move violated district policy, said Dwight Harris, grievance officer with the Victoria Federation of Teachers.

"It wasn't done according to the policy," he said, although he wouldn't say what policies were violated.

Jaynes and Harris will make a 15-minute presentation before the school board at the hearing, and Superintendent Bob Moore will also make a presentation on behalf of the school administration. The hearing is not like a court trial and witnesses will not be allowed to be cross examined. The public will be allowed to listen, but no one will be allowed to comment.

At the end of the presentation, the school board can vote to uphold the administration's decision or reinstate Jaynes.

The school district letters also explicitly said Jaynes should have no contact with her former students or enter Victoria West High School.

Harris does not believe the investigation into the hazing or harassment allegations had anything to do with her reassignment one week later, he said.

Jaynes is no longer assigned to Liberty Academy because the academy does not have physical education, Harris said.



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