Special-education Aide is Cited by Police and Fired

Special-education Aide is Cited by Police and Fired

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- A special education aide for Provo High School has been fired after being cited by police for allegedly contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Police alleged Daryn Peck, 24, allowed a 15-year-old special education student to spend the night at his Provo home and supplied him with alcohol that evening.

District officials said the parent of the student was aware of the activity.

Provo School District Superintendent Randy Merrill said the incident came to the district's attention last week after some students reported it.

"It's totally unacceptable for an adult to encourage students to use illegal substances," Merrill said. "There's no place in our school district for someone who does that."

Peck was immediately terminated by district officials when they learned that the allegations were true, said Greg Hudnall, director of student services for Provo School District.

Hudnall said the incident was verified last Thursday.

"We always evaluate our programs when something like this happens," Hudnall said. "It's very unfortunate for us, and we're sorry it happened.

"The thing we want people to understand was that it was after hours, off campus and the individual was terminated immediately," he said.

Hudnall said Peck was a temporary aide who had been called in to replace an aide who was away. Peck had worked for the district for roughly a month and was under constant teacher supervision during school hours.

Hudnall said the district would not take any action against the student.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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