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State Superintendent asking for seven Oklahoma teachers to have certificates suspended

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The State Superintendent is asking for seven Oklahoma teachers to have their teaching certificates suspended.

Joy Hofmeister sent a request to the Honorable Members of the State Board of Education, asking that they suspend the teacher certificates of Patricia Catlin, Marsha Gore, Buck Hammers, Jandolyn Overton, Austin Quinton, Jimmy Steinbach and Kyle Whitmus.

The Oklahoma State Board of Education says Catlin’s teaching certificate should be suspended due to the recent accusations she assaulted a 12-year-old student with cerebral palsy.

Catlin was charged with assault and battery upon a student in Logan County.

Gore’s teaching license is being revoked after recent allegations arose that she misused school funds.

The McAlester school board said Gore and her husband violated school district policy by using school funds for personal use.

The board unanimously voted to fire the superintendent.

The board is requesting Hammers’ teaching certificate be revoked for allegedly embezzling more than $200,000 over five years.

Overton’s license is reportedly being suspended after allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a male student.

The former Woodward Public Schools teacher allegedly sent multiple inappropriate images of herself to a male  student.

Quinton, a first year teacher and assistant wrestling coach for Choctaw-Nicoma Park Public Schools, is having his license revoked after being arrested on numerous counts of rape.

Authorities say Quinton had inappropriate sexual contact with a female student.

State officials are hoping to revoke Steinbach’s teaching certificate after students found inappropriate pictures on his computer.

Steinback resigned from Wewoka Public Schools on Jan. 16, 2016.

Whitmus, a former band director for Luther Public Schools, is reportedly having his teaching certificate revoked for having a sexual relationship with a child under the age of 14.

He was arrested for five counts of sexual misconduct involving a sexual relationship with a child under the age of 14, including rape in the first degree earlier this month.

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