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UPDATE: Thorp students spoke with counselors following teacher investigation

THORP, Wis. (WAOW) -

Counselors and administrators spoke with each student at Thorp High School Monday, following an announcement Friday that a teacher there was being placed on leave.

Mark Wenta, a math and physics teacher, is under investigation by the school board following "inappropriate communication" with a student. 

Neither police nor the district will go into detail on what that means exactly, but the Thorp police chief told Newsline 9 the student did not initiate nor reciprocate correspondence. 

Police do not anticipate charging Wenta because the matter did not reach a criminal level. The school board is working to determine if he violated rules outlined in the employee handbook. 

Wenta is currently on leave "indefinitely."


The Thorp School District announced on Friday that a teacher has been put on indefinite leave, pending an investigation.

The subject of that investigation, Mark Wenta, has taught mathematics and physics in the district since 2009, according to a release from Superintendent John Humphries. He added that the district is cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation.

In a letter to parents obtained by our Eau Claire affiliate, the district said the investigation involves inappropriate communication between Wenta and a high school student. A staff member brought the message to the attention of the administration.

Also in that letter, the district told parents that the Thorp Police Department does not anticipate any charges against Wenta to be filed at this time. The police department told WQOW that he has not been taken into custody.

The school district said counselors will be available Monday to any high school students who might need to talk. 

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