After our 12News investigation broke the story of Plez Atkins' suspension for three years, the Beaumont Independent School District has decided to revoke its contract offer.
12News received this statement from Nakisha Myles, BISD Communications Specialist:
"After extensive review of Plez Atkins application and all corresponding documentation, the superintendent has decided not to enter into a professional contract. However, Mr. Atkins has a valid Texas Educator Certificate issued by the State Board of Education."
Monday, 12News broke the story about Atkins' suspension.
On Tuesday, 12News learned the reason why newly hired Ozen head football coach Plez Atkins was disciplined in 2006.
This after filing a Freedom of Information request with the Texas Education Agency seeking the answer.
A spokesperson for the TEA confirmed to 12News Tuesday that the disciplinary action stems from accusations of improper relationship with a student while Atkins was an educator in the Mansfield Independent School District.
The State Board for Educator Certification disciplined Atkins in 2006, and his teaching certificate was suspended for three years. Atkins signed off on the order.
BISD superintendent Dr. Timothy Chargois recommended Atkins, and last Thursday, the board of trustees unanimously approved his hiring. But at least one board member, Mike Neil, said he was unaware of Atkins' suspension.
Atkins told 12News he had been cleared by the court system, and that he was up front with BISD about his past.
He said, "In my interview process I didn't hide anything, I let it all be known, it was cleared, and you can't often control what the people say, I had to go and clear it, and it was dismissed, and TEA gave me my certificate."
Atkins' teaching certificate was reinstated, but the State Board For Educator Certification found there was satisfactory evidence that Atkins had engaged in the alleged conduct, and Atkins did sign the order accepting the suspension.