A Century High School teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave until an investigation of concerns brought to district administration is completed, according to a statement Monday from Bismarck Public Schools.

Gregg Schmidt is a social studies teacher at Century, according to the district's website. No other details about the investigation have been released.

"We respect the privacy of all of the parties involved in any district investigation," the district's statement read. "For this reason, we do not comment on any ongoing investigation."

A Change.org petition in support of Schmidt had gathered 1,383 signatures, as of Monday evening. According to the online petition, Schmidt has taught for more than 20 years, as well as coached the Century High School Student Congress.

(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)

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