The former Stanton College Prep band director, who resigned in November after allegations of inappropriate communication with students, has surrendered his teaching license in Virginia after an investigation by his former school district, News4Jax has learned.
Brian Damron became the subject of an internal Duval County Public Schools investigation on Sept. 8 after the mother of a student contacted the principal of the well-respected magnet school and said “was making sexual advances to her son.”
The boy, whose name was redacted from the report, is in the 10th grade and was a member of the band.
According to a statement from Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia, a complaint was lodged against Damron in that school district before he resigned in early 2015, but the county sheriff's office did not file criminal charges and the district's investigation found “insufficient evidence” to seek to have Damron's license revoked.
After new complaints were reported last year against Damron, the district conducted a new investigation, which led to officials filing a petition to have his Virginia license revoked. Damron has surrendered his Virginia teaching license, the district said.
Regarding the Stanton parent's complaint, a DCPS investigator concluded that Damron “exhibited extremely poor judgment when he used inappropriate communication in the presence of students.”
Damron resigned on Nov. 1.
Damron had been disciplined by DCPS before. He received a verbal warning in October 2015, after an investigation found that he was “verbally abusive to students in band, as well as calling them names.” The report said Damron made inappropriate comments, including sexual innuendo, as well as “flicking off” a student.
Duval County Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said in a statement that the district took all appropriate measures to screen Damron before he was hired, including criminal background checks, reviewing his references and checking his certification and the state's disciplinary database.
He pointed out that Florida has a statute prohibiting districts from entering into confidentiality agreements or failing to disclose misconduct of personnel who are fired or resign based on unethical conduct.
“These measures are designed to ensure that Florida school districts do not conceal misconduct that may be contrary to student safety,” Vitti said. “It is unclear whether these higher standards exist in Virginia. It is unfortunate that such disclosure to our district did not occur.”
Vitti said that when the district became aware of the allegations of inappropriate behavior with students, “we immediately acted and were prepared to recommend termination after our investigation of the allegations.”
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