Suttons Bay teacher resigns after kissing student while on service trip
A Sutton's Bay teacher has resigned after administrators say she had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
The school's superintendent says Amy Linck, 31, resigned from her position as the high school Spanish teacher. Linck admitted to kissing an 18-year-old student.
It happened over spring break when Linck took four students on a service trip to the Dominican Republic without school approval. In years past, Linck would take students to Spanish-speaking countries for community service and to give students a chance to speak Spanish. For budget reasons, the school could only sponsor the trip every other year, and this year's trip was not school sponsored.
Superintendent Michael Murray said Linck's husband first reported the incident last week. Linck resigned from her position on Thursday.
Murray says because of the student's age, Linck did not do anything illegal, however, the school has standards that he says she did not uphold.
"She accepted responsibility, did not deny what happened, turned in the resignation and that ends the process as far as it goes," said Murray. "It ends her teaching career as well."
Linck has been employed with Suttons Bay for the last six years. Murray said she was an "excellent" teacher and the situation was a "total surprise" to everyone at that school.
"Yes it's sad whenever someone that is good leaves the profession, but on the other hand, we have standards to maintain and that has to trump everything," said Murray.
Her husband, Bryan, says they are working through the issue as best they can.