CHICAGO (CBS) – A Tinley Park man facing attempted murder charges for allegedly shooting a man seven times in a traffic accident is teaching fifth grade at a Cicero middle school.
Police say Andres Rodriguez was working in Joliet when the incident happened last July. The district placed him on paid administrative leave after he was charged.
Two weeks later, the Tribune reports he started a new job at Unity Middle School as a substitute teacher.
Parents are not happy that the man teaching their children is facing attempted murder charges. He is free on half million dollars bond.
Cicero School District 99 said Rodriguez has been on leave since February, and has not been on school grounds since then:
“Upon learning of this matter, District 99 immediately engaged its administrators, attorneys, and professionals with a directive to take any and all action to protect the interests of the students and the District. District 99 performed all necessary due diligence and administered proper employment action within the legal limits of the law, which included immediately placing the employee on leave from the District. This employee has been on leave and has not been on District grounds since February 16, 2018. Since such time, this employee has had no contact with any students, staff, or parents of District 99. As law enforcement has an active and pending investigation of Andres Rodriguez relative to the allegations against him, the District is not able to disclose any additional information.” – statement from District 99 Superintendent Rodolfo Hernandez
According to the Tribune, the State Board of Education cannot take action against Rodriguez’ license until he is convicted.