In a message sent to parents, Principal Nicole Berge-MacInnes said the teacher, identified as Rafael Antonio Birrell, had been under investigation over the past year by the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department.
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She said as soon as the allegations surfaced, he was immediately reassigned away from the school.
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“We want to assure you that Coral Reef Senior High School continues to be a safe place for students. We will always take every precaution to safeguard the children in our care,” said Berge-MacInnes in an email to parents.
“As a result of the arrest, the individual’s employment will be terminated and he will be prevented from seeking future work with the District,” Miami-Dade Schools said in a statement.
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Birriel, a Social Studies teacher, was employed by the district for 13 years and had no prior history in his personnel file.