School Fires Teacher Who Married Former StudentAP , Associated Press
Jun. 21, 1988 12:22 PM ET
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) _ A 47-year-old teacher who married his former sixth-grade student last February has been fired by the North Kingstown School Committee, a school official said.
Frederick T. Hone will be relieved of his duties immediately for ''good and just cause,'' according to a statement released by Superintendent Josephine Kelleher after Monday's vote.
Hone has taught in the district since 1964. He first met his wife, Kimberly, six years ago when she was 11 and in his sixth-grade mathematics class at Wickford Middle School. She's now pregnant.
Hone was released from jail June 7 after serving a 90-day sentence for consorting with a minor. The sentence was imposed after Hone violated a restraining order sought by his wife's parents last year, when she was 16 and unmarried.
Hone was divorced from his first wife in 1986. He had been on sick leave since February, but his status was changed to absent without leave while he was in jail.
In March, the school committee suspended Hone, effective with his release from jail, and voted to hold a subsequent hearing on his firing.
Lawyers John D. Lynch, who represented Hone in Family Court, and Thomas J. Liguori Jr., of the North Kingstown teachers' union, have said that there were no grounds for Hone's firing because he had broken no laws.
Richard Taylor, personnel director for the school committee, said Monday night he had no comment on the firing.