December 20th, 2011 by WCBC Radio
The Washington Middle School teacher who fingerprinted one of her classes the morning after a post-it note pad went missing from her desk has written a letter of apology to the parents of those students. According to the letter from Valeria Arch, the alleged theft occurred late in the afternoon of December 7th. Calling it a “teachable moment”, Arch goes on to explain that she went through the “pretense of fingerprinting” the students to emphasize the importance of honesty and accepting responsibility for one’s actions. She says that she explained her intentions to the class on December 13th in order to clear up any confusion- and that she regrets any misunderstanding the incident may have caused. Sources familiar with the situation, confirmed to WCBC News that shortly after learning of the situation, there were some in the system calling for Arch’s dismissal. Just a few years ago Arch served as President of the Allegany County Teachers Association.