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Friday, May 27, 2016
Glen Head gym teacher ‘vindicated’
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Courtesy Aaron Kozlowski
Aaron Kozlowski and his wife, Jill. Kozlowski said that when the charges were dismissed, it felt like a weight off his shoulders.

“From the start I said that they are all lies and I was completely innocent, and the fact that the district attorney did her investigation and found that there was no evidence, it’s a good feeling and it feels like the truth came out,” Kozlowski said. “I feel like it’s a huge weight off my shoulders, and now it's just about getting back to my job. There has been a ton of teacher support and community support, and I’m waiting to be reinstated.”

On Thursday, more than 100 teachers called on school officials to reinstate Kozlowski, a tenured teacher who has worked at the school for nine years.

“His employment status in the district as a teacher at the middle school is now the subject of review between our legal counsel, and our administrative leaders,” Board of Education President Dr. Herman Berliner said in a statement to CBS News. “Reaching a conclusion is taking longer than any of us would like, but we feel strongly that the process will in the end serve the interests of the community.”

Gann expressed confidence that Kozlowski will return to his job soon.

“They’re taking longer than we would have liked, but the hope is that, yes, they’re going to take him back,” Gann said. “I would say 90 percent of the parents in the community praised him, and say what a wonderful person he is and how he has positively impacted their children. Now that it’s been disclosed that it’s been a fabrication and his credibility is being restored, he could go back and say, ‘I am who you all thought I am.’”


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