SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Students dismayed by the dismissal of Union County Vo-Tech's electrical technology teacher have started an online petition calling for his reinstatement.

Over three weeks ago, an in-class incident between the teacher, Daniel Burns and a disruptive disrespectful student has resulted in the teacher's dismissal.  The incident has left 40 vocational students without an electrical teacher.

The students say that the school's answer is to select another trade while the district works to hire another electrical teacher. Meanwhile, the students maintain that they "were thriving under the guidance of their knowledgeable and dedicated teacher, who came to the VoTech with his 45 years of experience."

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"It’s my understanding that February is Career Technical Education Month in New Jersey. However, NOT for the electrical program at the Union County Votech that Senate President (Stephen Sweeney) visited last week," wrote parent Kristin Lusk in a Facebook post supporting the petition. "The electrical program has no teacher."

"Parents feel that the VoTech administration did not think this through and should have considered the welfare of 39 other students before dismissing Mr. Burns," Lusk told TAP. "For the past month, the students have been assigned a substitute teacher, who hands out worksheets.There has been no formal instruction and no hands-on electrical training."

Lusk added that the students have been told to pick a new trade class or go back to their home high school and pick three new electives. This week, the students visited other trade classes and now are deciding which one they would like to move into.  

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