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A Putnam County teacher has been fired amid an investigation into alleged inappropriate behavior with a student.

Members of the Putnam County Board of Education voted Monday to terminate Kevin Neal, a law and public safety teacher who was employed at the Putnam Career and Technical Center in Eleanor.

Board members voted on Neal’s termination during a special meeting.

Neal was offered a hearing, but did not appear, Superintendent John Hudson said in a statement.

Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese said an investigation is ongoing, but the investigation is not complete and no arrest warrant has been issued.

“Unfortunately, Mr. Neal’s recent conduct has been wholly unacceptable and illegal in nature. His conduct was immediately at the time reported to local law enforcement and to the West Virginia Department of Education,” Hudson said, noting he could not comment on the specific allegations against Neal. “I will say that our employees are required by law to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our students. “

Neal, who was in his first year of teaching in Putnam County, taught a new course offered at the school, according to a previous Gazette-Mail report.

Neal previously said students will be able to get hands-on experience in using either real or simulated police equipment throughout the school year.

The school has body bags that are commonly used at deadly crime scenes, a police cruiser and a law-enforcement simulator.

He previously told the Gazette-Mail he has several years of experience as a federal law enforcement officer.

“Our employees are also required by law to demonstrate responsible citizenship by maintaining a high standard of conduct, self-control, and moral/ethical behavior,” Hudson said in a statement. “The board and I believe that Mr. Neal failed in doing so, and the school system acted quickly in terminating his employment.”