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Published November 19, 2010, 04:51 PM

Documents Show Repeated Complaints Made Against Fired GF Teacher

A Grand Forks industrial technology teacher fired after conduct unbecoming a teacher had been investigated for sexual harassment against a female student and also made a comment toward a female African-American student about being "chocolate." Through a Freedom Of Information request, WDAZ obtained memos surrounding former Schroeder Middle School teacher Cornel Kilber's personnel file.

A Grand Forks industrial technology teacher fired after conduct unbecoming a teacher had been investigated for sexual harassment against a female student and also made a comment toward a female African-American student about being "chocolate."

Through a Freedom Of Information request, WDAZ obtained memos surrounding former Schroeder Middle School teacher Cornel Kilber's personnel file.

It details complaints made against Kilber by students and parents dating back to 1995. That year a group of 8 girls reported Kilber had touched their shoulders and called one of them "dear." Kilber was talked to about the incident by then principal James Stenehjem.

More recent examples were in the spring of last year, when a female 8th grade student filed a sexual harassment complaint against Kilber in April stating he had made inappropriate comments to her and had also touched her shoulders, hand, and thigh. Kilber was placed on leave and the complaint was investigated. Investigators found it did not meet sexual harassment standards.

The latest incident happened on September 1 of this school year, when a parent filed a complaint with the district. The complaint stated that while in the classroom Kilber used an example of bears eating people, and then singled out an African-American girl in his class and referred to her as a "chocolate one." The student and her parents were upset and complained to the district, which ultimately put Kilber on leave again and voted to terminate him.

Kilber could not be reached for comment by WDAZ.

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