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Policy allows teachers to communicate electronically with students

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A local educator is behind bars tonight for attempted assault on a person in custody.

The charge stems after Muscogee County received an anonymous tip that inappropriate text messages were allegedly exchanged between Tucker Hearn,, a Northside teacher, and one of his students.

Hearn has worked at Northside since August 2002 as an English Language Arts teacher.

Hearn is scheduled to make his first court appearance Friday afternoon.

NBC 38 spoke with director of communications Valerie Fuller who tells us that Muscogee County has a policy that allows students and teachers to communicate through electronic media in a professional capacity during reasonable hours, but this went over the line.

"Communication between students and teachers is not prohibited in our district. We do have a social media and electronic media policy and that expectation from our employees is that it will be on a professional basis of communication with students. That communication can be frequently, but not after hours," Valerie Fuller, director of communications says.

Fuller also tells NBC 38 that Hearn is still employed by Muscogee County. The 37-year-old educator is also employed by Columbus State part-time.



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