Teacher quits amid sex probe

SNELLVILLE -- Shiloh High School's Teacher of the Year resigned last month after she admitted she had been involved in a sexual relationship with a student, Gwinnett County Public Schools officials said Thursday.

Language arts teacher Keenon Aampay Hall, who began working at Shiloh in 2005, submitted her resignation letter April 20, a day after Gwinnett County Public Schools launched an internal investigation into a student's claim that Hall lowered his grade after he refused to impregnate her, according to documents provided Thursday to the Post. Hall's letter said she resigned for medical reasons, school district spokesman Jorge Quintana said.

The 18-year-old student said the relationship began in October, when he was 17, and lasted until the day before spring break, the documents show. Hall, however, wrote that the "consenual (sic) relationship" took place from February to March.

In his statement, the student wrote the relationship began in October when he stayed after school to receive extra help from Hall.

"On that day she began touching me on my leg, and then asked me when I was gonna let her molest me," the student wrote. "I said never and we begun to laugh, then she asked me agin (sic) this time handing me a phone number and asked me to call her."

The following week, the student wrote, Hall paid for a cab to bring him to a hotel, where they had sex.

"Then she gave me some vodka and ask me do I enjoy drinking. I told her lies about being a good drinker but honestly after one drink I was done," the student wrote. "After the drinks, she began feeling my man parts and we had sex."

The student wrote that he and Hall had several other sexual encounters and even had sex in a classroom during a school day. He also said Hall gave him a cell phone.

But the relationship ended when the student said he refused to get Hall pregnant.

"But what made Kennon (sic) Hall mad at (me) is the fact that I would not give her a baby and I said no I will never," the statement reads. "And that night she began cryin because of how mad she was. She took me home and never said any else to me."

The evidence gathered during the school system's investigation would have supported a recommendation for termination, Quintana said.

"This obviously is not behavior the district condones," Quintana said. "Inappropriate personal relationships with students are unacceptable and are a violation of the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators. As such, this particular incident was reported to the Professional Standards Commission, the agency over teacher certification."

After the investigation, the student's grade was restored, Quintana said.

In a letter to the Professional Standards Commission's director of educator ethics, GCPS Human Resources Executive Director Sid Camp wrote that Hall admitted to having a sexual relationship with the student but denied the report that they had sexual relations at school in her classroom. Additionally, a forensic analysis of the laptop computer the school system issued to her revealed pornographic content and adult video clips accessed during February and March.

Quintana said school police are also investigating the situation, and conversations are taking place with the District Attorney's Office regarding possible charges. At this time, however, no criminal charges have been filed.