Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 4, 2013

Raleigh Co. teacher fired amid texting accusations

Associated Press

BECKLEY — Another Raleigh County teacher accused of sending inappropriate texts to a student has been fired.

Media outlets report that the county Board of Education unanimously voted Wednesday to fire 38-year-old Michael “Chuck” Cooper.

The former Woodrow Wilson High School teacher’s attorney, David Hart, says he has appealed Cooper’s dismissal to the West Virginia Public Employees grievance board.

Police say the texts sent to a female student weren’t appropriate for a student/teacher relationship.

On June 17, the board fired Trap Hill Middle School teacher Lori Lester. She is accused of sending inappropriate and sexually explicit text messages to a 13-year-old male student at the school.

No criminal charges have been filed in either case.