JACKSBORO, TN. – (WLAF)- A Campbell County teacher is on unpaid leave pending the outcome of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation inquiry.

Buddy Nelson was placed on leave following a report of alleged inappropriate behavior, according to Campbell County Director of Schools, Jennifer Fields. Nelson is the criminal justice teacher at Campbell County High School.

Shortly before the holiday break, Nelson acted in a manner that made a female student “uncomfortable” Fields said. The incident occurred in a classroom during instructional time and was witnessed by other students, according to Fields.

When classes resumed this month, Nelson was immediately placed on unpaid leave.

A referral was also called into the Department of Children’s Services, and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office was notified. Because Nelson was previously employed with the CCSO, the matter was referred to the Eighth Judicial District General Attorney’s Office and the TBI, according to Campbell County Sheriff Chief Deputy, Cody Chapman.

Nelson’s suspension will remain in effect pending the outcome of the TBI investigation, Fields said.

Prior to teaching at CCHS, Nelson oversaw the in-school suspension at LaFollette Middle School.