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Rankin Co. teacher fired for inappropriate contact with student

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(Source: Hinds County schools) (Source: Hinds County schools)
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

3 On Your Side has learned that a Rankin County School employee has been fired for inappropriate communication with a student from another school district.

While the district did not release the employee's name, a source identifies him as Ben Tuberville, band director at McLaurin High School.

Tuberville was a new hire this year. He was once employed by the Hinds County School District, according to information that was posted on the Bolton Edwards Elementary Middle School website but has been taken down.

The statement from RCSD, released Wednesday, is as follows:

"Today, the Rankin County School District terminated a newly hired employee after learning of previous inappropriate communication with a student from another school district while under contract with that district.

Immediately, RCSD began an investigation, contacted local law enforcement and placed the employee on administrative leave without pay.

Student safety is our first priority and RCSD conducts extensive background checks on ALL employees, including State, FBI and the National Child Abuse Registry. Everyone is fingerprinted and an I-9 Immigration check is also conducted.

We cannot provide names nor share details of any personnel issue but RCSD policy is to immediately investigate any accusations made against an employee, ask the appropriate law enforcement agency for assistance and to terminate an employee when appropriate. We want to thank Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey and his staff for their continued assistance on this case."

Hinds County Sheriff's Department spokesman Captain Joseph Daughtry says they have not found any prior cases in their records involving Tuberville.

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