Editors Note: This story has been updated to include a response from Smith.


New Martinsville, W. Va. (WTRF)-After an executive session Monday night The Board of Education in Wetzel County decided the fate of a teacher whos accused of inappropriate behavior with a student.

The School Board accepted the suspension of teacher John W. Smith behind closed doors. Smith was a former teacher and Head Baseball Coach at Magnolia High School.  

In a phone call to 7News Smith said inappropriate messages were sent to a former student and not a current student.

Smith is allegedly the second teacher to have inappropriate behavior with a student through Wetzel County Schools.

This comes just weeks after the Wetzel County school district released a general statement following the accusations. It said, “A professional employee tendered their resignation after being confronted with various allegations of inappropriate conduct. Appropriate authorities, including those in law enforcement, have been notified of this matter.”

Superintendent Tammy Wells said, “When we have to suspend an employee or an employee decides to leave our employment, we are saddened by that, but we also know there are circumstances that we have to act on, and so we are resolute in that decision.” about tonight’s decision. 

Superintendent Wells says Smith has already resigned from teaching in the county. 

The inappropriate conduct allegedly took place on a school trip to Fairmont, West Virginia. Smith said he had nothing to do with the Fairmont trip

State police are handling the case.