BEDFORD, Ind. (Sept. 10, 2015) -- In an incredibly unusual school board meeting, a high school teacher got the backing of hundreds of people who called for him to get his job back.
Dennis Martin, a teacher at Bedford North Lawrence High School for more than 20 years, said he was forced to resign after students told administrators he was being inappropriate and "creepy."
Days after his resignation, Martin wrote a letter explaining that he felt he had no other choice and asking school board members to re-consider.
That letter quickly spread across the town of Bedford, leading to a petition that gathered more than 2,000 signatures calling for Martin to be reinstated.
It also led to a school board meeting that was so packed, people couldn't get into the room. Former students, parents and Martin himself begged for the board to step in.
"I would not have finished college without that man right there," one former student said.
"I was really shocked and it kind of made me sad because I know how much he loves his job," current student Milynne Romans said.
"I don’t ever, ever want to discount those students if I made them uncomfortable. I publicly apologize to them and their families," Martin said.
At times, people shouted at board members and even boo'ed them. Those members said that they wanted to take the allegations seriously and do a full investigation.
"(It's) easy to call from where you're sitting, (but) not easy to call from where we sit," one board member said.
Ultimately, the board voted to put Martin on indefinite administrative leave while they bring in a third party to investigate.
Police have not been involved in the case or asked to investigate the student's allegations.