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Stalking Injunction From Former Student Still Active, School Continues to Deny Publication of Story
By Conor Spahr
For News online
It has been half a year since former Herriman High teacher Ryan White was fired for employee misconduct. After The Telegram’s initial story, local news networks uncovered that Ryan White was under investigation by the Unified Police.
Unified Police Lieutenant Brian Lohrke told Fox 13 that the Herriman High School resource officer received a complaint in September from parents of a student, alleging White sent the student "inappropriate messages."
The investigation ultimately lead to the decision by The Herriman City Attorney's Office to not file charges against White, according to the Deseret News.
A stalking injunction was also filed by a former female Herriman High student against Ryan White. It prohibits him to “contact, phone, mail, e-mail, or communicate in any way with the Petitioner, either directly or indirectly.” Both the attorney of the student and the student herself declined to comment. Ryan White’s attorney did not respond to our request for comment. We have included a link to the stalking injunction below, with certain information redacted in order to protect the identity of the petitioner.
Ryan White was also under investigation by UPPAC, the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission, which describes itself as “maintaining and promoting a high standard of professional conduct and ethics among Utah teachers. It is advisory to the Utah State Board of Education in making recommendations regarding educator licensing and disciplinary action for educator misconduct.”
Their investigation started in October 2017, after a complaint was lodged on September 5th, 2017, according to public records uncovered by The Telegram. View the following image of the complaint:
The investigation was launched “regarding allegations that [Ryan White] ‘crossed appropriate boundaries with a student over a period of several months.’”
Steve Oler, an attorney for UPPAC, said that their investigation into Ryan White has been concluded. White and his counsel moved to “surrender his teaching license”, according to Oler.
In the surrender, it was stated that White admits “that he engaged in communications with a student, that were not sexual in nature, over a period of several months and after the student graduated; and that his conduct in participating in those communications crossed appropriate boundaries.” As a result, White can never teach in the state of Utah again, and he will be placed on a national registry that other states’ education boards can view.
On March 15th, 2018, a notification of the invalidation of Ryan White’s educator license by the Utah State Board of Education states the reasoning as “Mr. White engaged in an inappropriate relationship with his students, which included text messages, gifts, and meeting outside of school. Mr. White voluntarily surrendered his license with discipline pending.”
Herriman High School has removed and continues to prevent publication of this story on the official school newspaper, The Telegraph. ABC 4 states that “A spokesperson for the Jordan School District says they were worried about inaccuracies—that's why they took the story down.” The above information makes clear why Ryan White was terminated, and Herriman High continues to prevent reporting of the story.
Note to the reader: We have attempted to present all the facts in an unbiased way in an attempt for you to form your own opinion. You can read all the GRAMA released documents online at the case-sensitive link www.bit.ly/Telegram-Files.