A social studies teacher from Coral Reef Senior High School was arrested Monday and is accused of having a romantic relationship with a student, according to a statement from Miami-Dade Public Schools.
The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department arrested 39-year-old Rafael Birriel, following an investigation into improper behavior, which involved a student.
“This is a serious matter that is not taken lightly. As soon as the allegations were reported, the employee was removed from the school and M-DSPD initiated an investigation," the district said in a statement. "As a result of the arrest, the individual’s employment will be terminated and he will be prevented from seeking future work with the district.”