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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Teacher Who Used Students To Harass Loses License
Deseret News 16Mar00 D2
By Jennifer Toomer-Cook: Deseret News staff writer

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The Utah State Board of Education revoked the teaching license of the West High School choir teacher who led students in harassing a craft store owner last year. Richard Torgerson's license was revoked after the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission was unable to contact him. Torgerson was suspended last spring after he led his students in a "sing-in" at a craft store during school hours, following a dispute he had with the store owner. He later resigned.

Torgerson was charged with criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct after the sing-in. Torgerson was also the target of a federal lawsuit by a Jewish student who claimed he pushed his LDS faith in class through requiring LDS songs to be sung by the Choir. The lawsuit died when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear it.


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