A Morristown West High School teacher at the center of a controversy over text messages has resigned, the Hamblen County Board of Education said Friday.
“Mr. Bradley Bays has resigned his position at Morristown Hamblen West High School effective March 15, 2019,” according to a statement from the school system. “Mr. Bays has cited personal health reasons for this resignation. Mr. Bays indicated to central office staff that he needed to tender his resignation to address personal and health-related issues which would inhibit him from being an effective classroom teacher at this time.”
A school system investigation found Bays had no sexual or physical contact with a minor, the school system said. And school officials are unaware of any criminal wrongdoing found by law enforcement authorities, whose investigation is separate from the school system’s.
While no criminal wrongdoing is alleged, the school system said: “However, it was determined that Mr. Bays used extremely poor judgment and had sent a number of inappropriate and questionable electronic messages to former students who had graduated and who were adults. Educators hold an office of public trust, and we are held to higher standards than are required by state law. Mr. Bays stated to central office staff that his health-related issues may have clouded and impacted his judgment.”
Bays taught personal finance and economics courses in Hamblen County for 18 years at Morristown Hamblen West High School and helped create an Advanced Placement program.