Dawn Diimmler, an assistant principal in the Lexington School District Two, was fired after the district launched an investigation into allegations that she “might be involved in an unprofessional relationship with a student.”
The accusation against Diimmler, 43, is the latest in a string of unrelated cases throughout the United States in which educational professionals were alleged to have an inappropriate relationship with a student. Diimmler worked at Airport High School in West Columbia, South Carolina. Diimmler is still listed on the high school website as Assistant Principal for Administration.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Diimmler Was Terminated After the District Allegedly Became ‘Aware of Facts indicating the Possibility of Criminal Activity’
The school district and law enforcement authorities have not released many details on the case. However, Lexington School District did release a statement on February 13, 2018 that explained why Dawn Diimmler was terminated from her position.
Dawn Diimmler with her family.
“Ms. Diimmler was terminated following the district’s investigation into allegations that she might be involved in an unprofessional relationship with a student,” the district said. “During that investigation, the district became aware of facts indicating the possibility of criminal activity. In response, the district notified law enforcement that same day, January 30, 2018, of those facts and has continued to cooperate with law enforcement during its investigation.”
According to WLTX, The Cayce Department of Public Safety “confirmed it’s investigating an allegation of misconduct there,” but did not identify the employee. “This investigation is active and releasing further details at this time may jeopardize the integrity of the investigation,” the agency statement said.
2. Diimmler Worked in Education for More Than 20 Years
Dawn Diimmler with her family.
Diimmler has a long career in education. She was an assistant principal at Airport High School at the time of her termination but also worked in other positions in South Carolina schools. “Diimmler previously served as assistant principal at Pine Ridge Middle School, starting in 2012,” according to The State. She began working in education in 1995.
In addition to her termination, Airport High principal Brad Coleman “remains on administrative leave but is still principal,” The State reported, although the reason is not clear. The School Board called a special meeting to deal with the unfolding situation.
3. Diimmler Studied Emotional Behavioral Disorders in College
According to her Facebook page, Diimmler wrote that, in addition to being an assistant principal, she was a “former Assistant Principal then PBIS Coordinator at Lexington & Richland County School District Five.”
Her page also says that she “studied Educational Leadership & Supervision at University of South Carolina. Studied Emotional Behavior Disorders at College of Charleston’s School of Education, Health, and Human Performance. Went to Irmo High School. Lives in Chapin, South Carolina.” She has a B.S. from the College of Charleston and an M.ed from the University of South Carolina, according to the Lexington Chronicle.
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