Nicole EdenedoJun 2, 2017, 9:06 amJun 2, 2017, 12:48 pm

Teacher arrested for allegedly texting student at Briarcliff High School

Daniel Lavelle currently works at Bronxville Middle School; he was released on $5,000 bail

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A Westchester teacher is under fire after charges were brought against him.

Daniel Lavelle is currently a social studies teacher and apparently admired by his students at Bronxville Middle School, according to online records. However, his teaching career could now be in jeopardy as he's been arrested for allegedly texting a student at Briarcliff High School.

Westchester County prosecutors charged Lavelle with endangering the welfare of a child. He was arrested Wednesday night and released on $5,000 bail.

As of Friday, Lavelle is listed on the Bronxville School District website as a staff member. But according to comments posted Thursday on ratemyteachers.com, students have implied that Lavelle may no longer be an instructor at Bronxville Middle School.

One comment says, "It sucks what happened with him, he was a great teacher but I can't think about him the same unfortunately.” Another says, "Come back Mr. Lavelle, we're going to miss you so much - you were our favorite teacher ever."

According to district documents, Lavelle is a tenure candidate for next year. Lavelle was a teacher at Briarcliff High for about four years and was the commencement speaker for the class of 2015. After that, he started working in Bronxville.

James Kaishian, Briarcliff Manor school superintendent, sent letters to parents this week saying that the alleged communication between Lavelle and a current student was "criminal in nature." Kaishian says he cannot comment further on the exchange but says that no students were harmed.

Lavelle returns to court on June 14.

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