Brooklyn Teacher Suspended After Questionable Photo With Former Student Surfaces
A Brooklyn gym teacher has been removed from his classroom at the Orgins High School in Sheepshead Bay after he was photographed with a former student,” the New York Daily News reports. In the photograph, Tamara Stimphil, who graduated from Orgins last year, lovingly holds John Ramirez by the chin as she places a kiss on his cheek. The photo was eventually removed, but not before it circulated among students.
“Everybody’s passing it around,” said an insider.
According to sources with the high school, Stimphil played for the school’s PSAL flag football team, which is coached by Ramirez.
“The students thought it was strange that they were always together,” added the school source.
Administration eventually caught wind of the whispers and suspended Ramirez.
“These are serious allegations, and we took swift action to remove Mr. Ramirez from the classroom,” said Education Department spokeswoman Devora Kaye.
So far, sources say that several students have been interviewed regarding this matter. As of Monday, Jan. 12, parents of students at Orgins still had not been notified of the investigation. The nature of Ramirez’s relationship with Stimphil has not been made 100% clear; however, the photo appears quite romantic. The athletic adviser will continue to collect regular pay until the investigation is complete.