DPS employee placed on administrative leave after videos circulate on social media

Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The Dearborn Public Schools immediately placed a staff member on paid administrate leave after videos of the employee circulated on social media this past week.

It is unclear when the videos were taken but the employee talks about women, his personal life, sexual content, alcohol and also mentions the names of high school football coaches.

According to social media, the employee in the two videos is 2017-18 Fordson High School varsity football assistant coach Mohamed Bazzi but the district did not identify him in a statement.

DPS Supt. Glenn Maleyko posted a statement on his blog on Aug. 30 stating that the school district is aware of the video an employee produced outside the school and the video being posted on social media.

“The staff member was immediately placed on administrative leave pending an investigation,” Maleyko said. “In accordance with employee personnel and due process rights, the Dearborn Public Schools’ practice is to refrain from publicly discussing personnel matters especially during an ongoing investigation. We have followed this practice for many years and have always reached outcomes that are fair and in accordance with the law.”

Maleyko also encouraged sound judgement on social media and also parents checking the social media platforms their children use.

“We will continue to remind all staff members to exercise good judgement when using social media, which includes non-work related activities,” Maleyko said. “With that thought in mind, I encourage parents to make sure they are aware of the social media outlets your children are using and know who they are interacting with when using technology.

“We are very fortunate to have thousands of outstanding students and thousands of professional and dedicated staff members. I thank everyone for their hard work and commitment to inspire, educate, and celebrate always with the goal of putting students first.”

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)