1st Day of School; Teacher Faces Charges

1st Day of School; Teacher Faces Charges

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   YUMA, AZ - Today is the first day of school for the Yuma Union High School District.

   The district is attempting to move forward after yesterday's arrest of a Yuma High School teacher for possession of child pornography.

    "Everyone's in shock. No one had any idea," says YUHSD Superintendent, Toni Badone.

    Michael A. Cox, 37, has been a teacher with YUHSD since 1998, according to Badone. In that time, he taught Physical Education, Athletic Training and Health. During the investigation, he's been reassigned and he's not allowed on school property. Badone would not elaborate on his reassignment.

   Today, Superintendent Badone toured district schools, focusing on the students.

    "The first day of has gone very, very well," says Badone. "Students were in class at Yuma High School and all the high schools right away. We are a family and we work through things together but today's focus has been on the first day of school."

    Ginny Legros is a guidance counselor at Gila Ridge High School, one of the YUHSD schools Badone toured today.

    "Every new school year brings possibilities, yes, definitely challenges, but you take those challenges and you turn them into growth situations and you become a better person out of it," says Legros.

    At present, Michael Cox is not accused of inappropriate physical contact with any minors, but Cruz Vidal of the Yuma Police Department offers this year-round advice for parents.

    "Be extremely vigilant of your children, of course … always watch out for them. Make sure you know where they're at, and that they know when it is that they need to tell an adult or a parent about maybe inappropriate touches or inappropriate information that has been delivered to them," Vidal advises.

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