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Shawnee Mission School Board will decide controversial teacher's fate

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A hearing was held Monday to consider the fate of a teacher under fire for controversial tweets.

Shawnee Mission North High School teacher Ben Keech has apparently been suspended for some provocative comments.

Keech attended a hearing at the district headquarters Monday.

The Shawnee Mission School Board has called a special meeting for Monday night to discuss the evaluation of Superintendent Jim Hinson.

An ultimate decision on Keech's status with the district would be made by the board.

Some of the tweets appeared to be racially insensitive and insensitive about women. Supporters say they were jokes. All were made on his personal Twitter page.

Keech, who tweeted under the name @KeechQuotes, could not be reached for comment.

"You know a prostitute used to work at Chil-Fil-A [sic] if when she's done she says, 'My pleasure,'" Keech wrote.

He also wrote, "I love Hispanics who like to mow."

And earlier this month he wrote, "What do dirt and basketball have in common? Darker the better."

The district wouldn't confirm that Keech is on leave. District officials told KCTV5 News that Keech is currently a teacher at Shawnee Mission North and that he has been with the district since July 2002.

Cliff Cohen, Keech's attorney, said the current concern about his conduct should be addressed appropriately by school district officials.

"Out of respect for the school district process, Ben will not have any public comment until the school district makes its decision," Cohen said.

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