Suspended St. Paul Teacher Has History Of Controversy

Update: In January of 2013 the St. Paul School District reached a settlement in the federal racial discrimination case against Timothy Olmsted.  Details of the settlement are confidential.  Following an investigation, the Minnesota Board of Teaching disciplinary committee decided not to hand down any disciplinary action against Mr. Olmstead and his teaching license is still active.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – A man has been suspended for allegedly giving a sexually suggestive birthday card to a grade school student and for talking about castration in front of his 6th grade class.

That’s just part of what was found after digging deeper into the background of a St. Paul teacher on paid leave for other reported problems in his classroom.

WCCO-TV first told you about allegations of racial discrimination against Tim Olmstead at The Heights Community School two weeks ago.  Olmstead has been on paid leave since mid-January as the district investigates.

Now, more students are speaking out after they said their teacher went too far. They are strange comments that Aylecia Ingram-Jones says became a part of school.

“He would say random things like when I get out of the shower my dog drys me off,” Jones said.

She too said she had to sit in the back of Olmstead’s sixth grade class because she’s black.

“Before this I don’t think my child has ever experienced a racial profiling incident,” said Miguel Jones, Aylecia’s father.

This isn’t the first time he’s been forced from a school.

In 2002, the St. Paul School District said Olmstead gave a sixth grade girl a birthday card containing sexual innuendo and told her to read it to the class.  That same year, the district said Olmstead assigned a Stephen King book to read even though it contained violent, vulgar and sexual language.

The district said he also gave a graphic description to his class of castrating horses and throwing testicles into the field for cats to eat.

After those complaints, the district suspended Olmstead without pay for five days.

Then last school year, he got in trouble again.  At a holiday staff party the district says he pushed down a female employee, moved his hip area against her, and made a remark about how she liked it. He was given a written reprimand for the incident.

“It’s disgusting. It’s degrading,” Jones said.

Jones has moved his daughter to another school district, but doesn’t see why there should be any question over whether or not Olmstead should be allowed to teach again.

“I wouldn’t stand for it. Right is right. Wrong is wrong, ” he said.

No one from the St. Paul School District would agree to an on-camera interview. There is no state mandate when it comes to teacher discipline, instead it’s up to the district and teachers union to decide.  A spokesperson for St. Paul schools said “its labor agreement follows due process and when a reprimand happens it follows that agreement.”

Our phone calls to Olmstead were not returned.

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  • J

    As long as you have the teachers union, you can do whatever you want and get away with it

    • lana

      Thats not true.. Correct the union is backing him, but they are letting other teachers down for very minor incidents. They have lost all power

    • Christy

      See, that’s why I don’t really support unions. People should be held accountable for their own actions and words.

  • JW

    Why is anyone that is suspended on paid leave… he should be forced to use his own vacation time and sick time to live while suspended, the taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for it. Oh yeah hes got a dirty corrupt Union backing him up.

    • Reagan

      well JW, why should taxpayers be paying unemployment for unemployed workers for 2 years that are not union? I guess becuase in our society the lafties think everyone needs a little coddling.

      • AntiTeabagger

        Because we pay unemployment through our taxes and earn unemployment. You don’t get unemployment if you don’t earn it. If I work and not in a union I have every right to get unemployment for what I pay the state in taxes, including the Federal taxes. Think again Righty.

        • Ines Beag

          Unemployment taxes are paid by an employer, nothing from your state or federal taxes.

    • Rocket Scientist

      the taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay for it.

      Yea, we will make sure you get a check for your .00000000000000000000099 of a cent you paid for this salary.

  • Christy

    It’s very sad to hear that we trust our school district enought to send our children to their schools and yet they have ppl like Olmstead teaching. I can’t believe he (as a teacher) did all those things and was still a teacher?!?! I think Saint Paul Public School ought to be ashamed of themselves.

    • layla Hanson

      Absolutely, especially since they knew about it and wouldn’t believe the mother that reported him

  • Dave Seavy

    There should be no paid administrative leave; he should have been canned after the party incident. The district is opening the door for a sexual harassment suit by allowing him to continue. Soundsl like this guy should be doing something other than teaching. Maybe cleaning out cow barns would be more suitable to his talents.

    • Crazy Joe

      Or drying off dogs after their grooming and shampoo.

  • Nancy Aleshire

    He should lose his teaching license and not get it back until he undergoes a treatment program. Teachers like that can scar a child for life.

    • layla Hanson

      Why should he get it back?

  • Jeff

    My wife is a teacher–thankful that we have a strong union that protects good teachers from losing their jobs over baseless criticism. No one wants bad teachers in the classroom–least of all the union. That makes them all look bad. Also-be careful about sensationalized stories. A member of my church was subject of a story like this a few years ago. She did nothing wrong but the story sure made it sound like she did! This fellow obviously has issues and probably won’t teach again but don’t blame the union or the school district for one person’s failure. Due process is in place to protect all involved and if it runs its course correctly, it will be handled in a way that is best for all.

    • unemployed teacher

      I suggest everyone read “When Teachers Talk” and “White Chalk Crime” to get an idea of what is really causing problems in schools. Teachers, incidentally, try to “blow the whistle” on administrators and teachers who are unprofessional or unethical and they suffer retaliation for doing so.

      If you can read this, please thank a teacher!

      • lana

        I have both books , and it is shocking

    • AntiTeabagger

      Let the parents meet with him in a dark ally. Problem solved.

  • This Guys Needs to Go

    unions have forced a huge amount of the US good industry work to Mexico and China. maybe we can outsource our teachers now.

    America is swirling down the toliet.

    • rayjay

      Lies Lies Lies. Business looking for more profits are the reason we are going down the toilet. Unions have shrunk dramatically over the years. The number of non-union jobs dwarfs union jobs. You are the ones that believed WMD and all that. Get the facts if you aren’t too lazy. You can’t believe Politicons from either side.

  • david

    Where’s Kevin with “Aint Diversity Grand” message?

  • Gerald Haywell

    FIRST yes blame the district, the district,( SUPERINTENDENT) was notified of this in earlyDecember and did nothing to investigate until a mother came back and back and didn’t give up. Seems they should have read his file, after all this happened in a St Paul School. The last reprimand was MAY 2011!
    Second Have your wife test the union. Right now they are offering him a lawyer, supporting his “needs” while 4 friends of mine are on leave due to district harassment . The district can’t afford retirement costs and these fine teachers are on medical leave, no pay, hired their own lawyer, because they have done nothing but fall into an age group for retirement.
    Third , Be careful to sensationalize! honestly, This was in the district files. You really want to defend this perv?

    • Gerald Haywell

      Of which the union has told them point blank.. Unless you can give us more data, we can’t help you.. Union.. worthless, even worse, won’t work with their lawyers to offer the information they have.

      • unemployed teacher


        Please ask them to file with the EEOC against the district and the union. It may not go anywhere but if enough teachers over the age of 50 file it might get some attention. Harassment and bullying and discrimination have to stop!

  • Tricia

    This was a great school until this year. My daughter has told me many times that the new principal is not nice to her. I notice the school is not what it was and now we find out this principal completely ignored her job with this teacher. She should be removed as well. there are lots of teachers that dont smile like they used to, they just don’t seem happy, and so many are out on leave. What is going on? The district needs to investigate this school. It is just not where I want my daighter.

  • Joanne

    I agree.. We are moving our KIDS out at least until they get a new principal

  • Leon

    She has honestly scared me to death. I have watched her interact with teachers and kids and she is a so nicey nice to your face but screams and yells at them. She has ruined this school. I have lost all respect for St PAul . She has been bad news since her Dayton Bluff days. Did anyone see the article about her not working with African American families at her prior schools? Why do they keep this person around. She has never done well at any of the schools she has been at, and this is a disaster.

  • Tim

    I do not understand how Tim Olmstead was able to come back to teach after the district escorted him out of the building and the police had to be called to get him out.
    Things like this only happen if the ones in charge let it happen. I would blame the principal and also the superintendent for hiring principals like her.

  • Leon

    She needs to be out of the district and lose her license for allowing these poor children to be victims of his games. She is new this year to this school. Why didn’t she notice the issues in his file? The district better look long and hard at the liability of keeping her on the schools. She has had multiple issues before, just google her name..

  • Say

    My kids goes to that school, I wasn’t aware of this. I was on vacation but thanks to all of u for sharing your knowledge about this incident. I will be moving my kids to a new school, thanks to all.

  • angel

    they need to stop

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