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COLUMBUS -- A Columbus City Schools carpentry instructor is on leave-of-absence after ABC 6 Investigators caught him using students to do his dirty work: chop firewood.
Sources tell ABC 6 Investigators Joe Rader ordered his students during class hours to cut firewood. Our hidden camera investigation shows students at Fort Hayes Career Center swinging axes and operating chain saws without any apparent adult supervision at times.
The wood was loaded into a pickup truck registered to Rader and delivered to his home in Commercial Pointe. Rader was also caught on camera unloading the wood behind his shed.
As a result of our investigation, Columbus Public Schools launched its own investigation. School officials tell ABC 6 Investigators that Rader is on administrative leave.
Should the allegations be substantiated, says spokesperson Jeff Warner, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
Warner says chopping fire wood is unrelated to their curriculum.
Several calls to Rader were not returned.
For more information, watch ABC 6 Investigator Tom Sussis report.