By Ross Guidotti

PENN TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A Penn-Trafford teacher has been placed on leave as the school district investigates whether he had improper communication with a student.

The entire investigation began when a parent of one of the students at the high school contacted the administration with some concerns over messages they received.

“The Penn-Trafford School District received some information concerning inappropriate conversations between one of its students at the high school and one of the teachers at the high school,” said Penn Township Police Chief John Otto.

In fact, investigators say it was a series of printed out Google Chat messages between a 17-year-old male student and a male teacher.

“The school district is accepting the allegations as sincere and honest,” said Chief Otto.

Penn Township Police say the district initiated an immediate inquiry.

“They’ve taken, what I believe, is the appropriate action at this time and removed that teacher from the building,” Chief Otto said. “The school district has taken the appropriate steps concerning the students safety. The students are not in any danger at this time.”

Police are not identifying the teacher who is on administrative leave as he’s not been charged with any criminal activity.

The school district has not commented on the matter, but police say the Penn-Trafford investigation is ongoing.

“A lot of conversation, a lot of messages to be reviewed,” Chief Otto said.

Police say as of now this is only an administrative investigation, but are quick to point out if necessary they will become involved.

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