Warren County High teachers deny allegations of grade-changing, protest 10-day leave of absence

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After an investigation last week into whether they falsified grades for students, three Warren County High School teachers are fighting back.

Friday, we were told those three teachers agreed to take an unpaid ten-day leave of absence beginning next Monday.

But now those teachers are telling school board members they shouldn't have to leave because they did nothing wrong.

Things were seemingly back to normal at Warren County High School Tuesday afternoon, a much different scene from days before.

Friday, dozens of students protested in the school after learning three teachers were forced to take ten-day leave of absence.

Superintendent Carole Jean Carey says she uncovered a two-year trend of teachers falsifying grades.

"This just fell in my lap when I had to examine a grade sheet at the very first, when a teacher was being pressed to change a grade and didn't want to and that's how this investigation started," Carey says.

The investigation ended with the teachers' certificates being suspended for two weeks.

Now News 12 has learned each teacher has hired an attorney. They're disputing the validity of the superintendent's investigation, claiming they only rounded up grades by less than a point and gave extra credit.

But Carey and the school principal say findings show grades were raised as high as 15 points.

"The facts speak for themselves, and what we uncovered were facts," says principal Roger Williams.

Elijah Grier is a former Warren County High School student and his mother, Mary Grier, is one of the teachers accused of changing grades. He and others believe the superintendent skewed results from the investigation in order to push certain teachers out of the school system.

"She's picking them out one by one, and those that are not under the radar now, will soon be under the radar, they just don't know it yet. So it's time to take a stand," Elijah says.

"I would never do anything that would target a teacher individually," Carey says. "It grieves me that this happened, it's most unfortunate."

The teachers and their attorneys had no comment today.

The school board did meet this afternoon and voted to table the decision for the ten-day leave of absence.

The board has given the teachers 24 hours to consult with their lawyers and present a written response.

From there, the school board will decide what, if any action will be taken.

But for now, these teachers are still at the school still teaching.