Termination recommended for Houston teacher accused of stalking

WARNER ROBINS — Houston County's school chief has recommended the termination of a teacher and track coach accused of stalking. Mark Taylor, 43, was arrested and charged by Warner Robins police June 6 with stalking, simple battery, making harassing phone calls and influencing a witness. An additional charge of false imprisonment was added today, according to Houston County jail records. Tuesday, School Superintendent Danny Carpenter recommended that Taylor be terminated, Beth McLaughlin, spokeswoman for the school system, said today. Taylor may appeal the decision before the Board of Education at a called hearing July 30, McLaughlin said. Taylor, a Northside Middle School seventh-grade science teacher and Warner Robins High School boys track and field coach, is accused of stalking, threatening and making unwanted contact with his former finance, a fellow teacher. In the June 12 letter to Taylor from Carpenter recommending termination, the school superintendent noted the criminal charges against Taylor. Carpenter also noted in his decision that Taylor continued discussing his personal relationships with students in spite of prior warnings from the superintendent not to do so. Taylor was being held today in the Houston County jail in Perry. For more on this story, come back later to or read Thursday's Telegraph.