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District reacts to teacher's arrest for lewd conduct

The Klamath County School District said it is taking steps to ensure student safety in light of a middle school teacher arrested this week for taking inappropriate pictures of female students.

On Thursday, Superintendent Greg Thede said the district will respond to the arrest of Matthew Laurence Walker, 28, by strengthening how it prevents such offenses against students.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said Thede. “…Safety is our number one priority for students and of staff and were going to do everything we can to be diligent in that regard.”

Walker, a math teacher at Brixner Junior High School, is suspected of taking pictures May 19 with his cellphone of two seventh-grade girls from under their skirts. The district learned of the incident Monday after other students reported the matter and OSP was informed of the allegations that morning. When interviewed by investigators, Walker declined to give a statement.

Walker was arrested Tuesday on five counts of invasion of personal privacy and was released Wednesday after posting 10 percent of $25,000 bail. He is expected to appear in court at a later date and has no history of other arrests in Oregon.

Following Walker's arrest, he was placed on administrative leave, said Thede.

Reach reporter Stephen Floyd at sfloyd@heraldandnews.com.