A Mid-Michigan teacher has resigned after authorities say he was placed on leave for violating the school's social media policy.

Superintendent Rick Seebeck with Gladwin Community Schools said a male middle school teacher was placed on administrative leave last week due to a violation of the school district’s social media policy. On Monday, the teacher resigned from his position, according to Seebeck.

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Seebeck said the district's social media policy prohibits faculty from using social media to “fraternize” with students.

Seebeck said at this point in the investigation, he does not believe the contact was sexual in nature. The district is investigating and the case was sent to Gladwin police.

Seebeck said teachers are only allowed social media contact with students and parents if it is class related.

"Teachers don't have any business fraternizing with students on social media,” Seebeck said.

The name of the teacher has not been released, but he did teach multiple grades in middle school.

"I feel like it's very inappropriate. It's disturbing and disgusting. It's just negative all the way around. Shouldn't be tolerated," one Gladwin parent said.

The mom didn't want to be identified, but she said this type of behavior makes her worry about her son when he goes to school.

"I'm very scared to send him to school. Along with fighting and bullying, now guns and teachers who could possibly be trying to molest children. It's not OK," she said.

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