Who Is Amanda K. Fletcher? New York Teacher Accused of 'Sexual Act' on Zoom Lesson

Spanish teacher Amanda K. Fletcher shocked students at a prestigious New York City school when she was caught performing a sexualized act on a Zoom lesson, according to a report by the Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District which has been seen by Newsweek.

Students at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science and Engineering (CSMSE), in Manhattan, had allegedly watched Fletcher perform the act during a remote learning lesson in September last year.

According to the report, the video captured Fletcher engaging in the inappropriate act where "Fletcher appeared to suck the nipple of an unidentified and topless male."

It added that a child, identified as Student A, said "that during the Zoom call, she observed Fletcher 'eating spaghetti' and an unidentified, shirtless male in her Zoom window's background for 'about three minutes,' at which point Fletcher then put her mouth on the male's chest.

"Student A continued that Fletcher then resumed teaching and discussing a worksheet."

The Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District (SCI) said its investigators then launched an investigation after they received a confidential complaint.

According to the report, filed on October 29, 2020, investigators examined two digital files that were taken during the Zoom session.

One file contained a Snapchat file that contained a screenshot of a video that showed Fletcher putting her face on the man's chest.

A second video also showed Fletcher putting her face into the man's chest, "at which time she rocked her head back and forth, possibly indicating an act of suckling."

The report continued: "Following this act, Fletcher's face returned in view of the screen, and she gyrated her shoulders and smiled. Both video files were consistent and demonstrated the same behavior and same participants similarly dressed."

Students later shared the videos of Fletcher and the man on Snapchat as well as other social media sites, according to investigators.

When the SCI requested Fletcher attend an interview with its investigators, the teacher acted through her attorney and "citing her status as a tenured pedagogue" declined to be questioned by them.

The report also mentioned that Fletcher had been reassigned during the investigation. It added disciplinary action should be taken against the teacher.

The SCI also recommended policy and procedure action should be carried out. Among its recommendations were that employees who work with students via remote learning should be properly trained and not purely focus on "the technical aspects of remote learning" but also "advised on appropriate and acceptable behavior while interacting remotely with students."

One of those recommendations included not letting non-classroom participants appear in the educational videos and that teachers should not be eating, snacking, smoking or vaping.

Newsweek has contacted CSMSE for comment.

Fletcher was reassigned during the investigation.
Fletcher was reassigned during the investigation. Stock image. Jovanmandic/Getty