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School district at center of controversy decides against firing teachers

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WEST BRANCH, MI (WNEM) -

A school district at the center of controversy has decided against firing six teachers.

The Ogemaw County school board decided not to fire those six teachers during a meeting Monday night.

Parents called for the teachers to be disciplined for their support of a former teacher charged with molesting a student.

Neal Erickson, 38, a former middle school teacher in Rose City, was sentenced to 15 to 30 years behind bars.

Prosecutor LaDonna A. Schultz said Erickson, of West Branch, engaged in sex acts with the male student, who was older than the age of 13 but younger than the age of 16. Erickson taught science at the school for 16 years.

The boy's parents later found numerous teachers sent letters to the judge requesting a lighter sentence for Erickson.

In July, police investigated a suspicious garage fire at the home of the parent's whose son was molested. John and Lori Janczewski said their garage was destroyed and siding melted on the home. They also found spray-painted letters by one of the doors.

The Janczewskis lost everything in their garage including a lawnmower, ATV, tools and some sentimental items.

Meanwhile, the school board also announced that all six teachers involved will undergo special ethics training this year.

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