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High School Teacher Suspended After Footage Surfaced of Him Kissing Former Student

January 15, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A teacher has been suspended after a photograph surfaced of him kissing a former student.

John Ramirez was suspended from teaching at Origins High School in Brooklyn after an Instagram photograph dated July 25, 2014, of him kissing former student Tamara Stimphil went viral.

In the image Stimphil is seen kissing Mr. Ramirez, her flag football coach, on the cheek and stroking his chin.

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However, another video has surfaced of Ramirez kissing Ms. Stimphil, who graduated last year, in a pizza shop, according to the Daily News.

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Ramirez, is seen in the video donning a baseball cap, and is heard saying that he’s waiting to buy a pizza. He then puckers up and kisses Stimphil on the lips.

The image has since gone viral on Instagram and has been viewed thousands of times.

After the Instagram photograph emerged the Department of Education suspended Mr. Ramirez on full pay. He makes a salary of $100,000 as a Dean of Student Support & Physical Education.

“These are serious allegations, and we took swift action to remove Mr. Ramirez from the classroom,” Education Department spokeswoman Devora Kaye told the New York Daily News.

An investigation has been launched has been and officials with the Board of education have reviewed the footage and is interviewing several students.

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