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Dekalb County Teacher Fights Charges

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DEKALB-(AJC/WAOK) A DeKalb County educator is demanding a hearing on charges. William W. Burks, Jr. a physical education teacher may lose his job over allegations from students at Cross Keys High School. Students accuse Burks of cursing at them, making awkward videos of them and making inappropriate comments.

Burks received written notifications of the allegations that described several instances in which he allegedly ridiculed students.

Some of the allegations date back as far as 1996, when Burks allegedly looked girls over to see how feminine they are.
In 2004-05 Burks allegedly told students to bend over and grab their ankles so he could give them “a swift kick in the butt.”

In 2005-06 he sent an email to an elementary school teacher calling her “a miserable, nasty mouthed, cantankerous old woman.”

In 2010-11 Burks was recommended for a 15 day suspension after allegedly grabbing a girl and forcing her into her seat.

Burks is also accused of making girls feel uncomfortable by taking videos of them as they did pushups, ridiculing students by calling them stupid, using profanity and commenting on their bodies.

Burks is fighting the charges. He demands a hearing before a tribunal. His attorney says the allegations are the result of students who did not like Burks’ class and were trying to influence the grades he gave them.

Lillian Govus, school district spokeswoman, says Burks has not been offered a contract for the next school year.

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