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Former principal loses license for "inappropriate" behavior

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Updated: 9/12/2013 5:08 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Department of Education has revoked former Alcorn Central Middle School Principal Dan Burcham's educator license due to "clear and convincing" evidence of what it deems "inappropriate" behavior while on the job.

The Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure and Development reached that conclusion after discussing testimony and evidence against Burcham in a hearing on Sept. 5.

A commission order released to WTVA.com by the State Department of Education states Burcham used a cell phone to photograph, video and/or view female employees in an inappropriate manner in the presence of students.

It also further states -- based on testimony from school officials -- Burcham used a cell phone to photograph, video and/or view female students in an inappropriate manner in the presence of educators.

The commission states the evidence in these charges is "clear and convincing," citing Burcham's harassment of female employees and students created a "negative and intimidating environment," violating state law by engaging in "unethical conduct relating to an educator/student relationship."

The action from the commission comes nearly seven months after Burcham was terminated by Alcorn School District Superintendent Gina Rogers Smith, a move that was unanimously approved by the Alcorn Board of Education.

Burcham will not be allowed to apply for reinstatement of his educator license for another five years, according to the commission order.
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