EVANS, Ga. (WJBF) — Evans Middle School officials announced Monday that a teacher was relieved from duty after an investigation uncovered an “inappropriate conversation on social media with a former student.”

According to the school, Herndon Burns had contact with the former student whom was no longer living in the area. The school is recommending to the school board that Burns be terminated from Columbia County Schools. The incident is also going to be reported to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

“The Columbia County School District does not condone nor does it tolerate inappropriate communication from any employee. Suspicious behavior should be immediately reported to a school administrator or to the district’s anonymous Tip Hotline at 706-541-3600,” said the school in a statement.

NewsChannel 6 learned Burns was a special education teacher and assistant football coach at Evans Middle School since 2020. He previously worked for the Richmond County Board of Education as a special education teacher for Sand Hills GNETS and T.W. Josey High School. He also served as an assistant football coach for Laney High School and Academy of Richmond County.

In addition to working with Columbia County Schools, Burns owns his own company, Burns Athletics, which teaches and coaches “the basics and fundamentals of football to youth, starting from age 7 all the way up to high school,” according to the company’s website.

Additional details about the incident were not immediately provided to WJBF NewsChannel 6.

Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 for the latest on this developing story.

Editor’s Note: This story originally listed Burns as a teacher with Evans High School, he was actually a teacher with Evans Middle School.