Community Shows Support for Centralia Band Teacher

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CENTRALIA - Members of the Centralia community showed their support Wednesday after a band teacher was placed on administrative leave for a school investigation. Bryan Koerner is under investigation for allegations of inappropriate contact with a student.

The story KOMU 8 News reported Tuesday generated a high volume of responses. Facebook and twitter pages were also created to generate support for the teacher.

Typical of the comments were remarks defending Koerner and asserting that he has done nothing wrong and that the allegations are false. Posters also made comments directly to the teacher. One person posting as Maddison Whitaker said, "Mr. Koerner if you are reading this then please do not give up. Fight for your justice!"

Police said Tuesday they are investigating the allegation but have not made any arrests. Prosecutors have filed no charges as of Wednesday.  School officials said Wednesday Koerner is still on administrative leave.

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