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UPDATE: Neenah teacher resigns after admission of student photo sharing with inmate

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Tullar Elementary School in Neenah is seen, Feb. 1, 2013. (courtesy of FOX 11).
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Tullar Elementary School in Neenah is seen, Feb. 1, 2013. (courtesy of FOX 11).

NEENAH, WI (WTAQ) - We're learning more about the investigation into a former second grade teacher in Neenah who sent pictures of her students to a prison inmate.

Neenah Joint School District officials say Christina Peerenboom used to teach at Tullar Elementary School, but resigned on Thursday just a week after being suspended.

District officials say Peerenboom was a teacher who was well liked by students, staff, and parents. But they say her poor decision forced them to take swift action.

This situation came as a shock to School District Superintendent Mary Pfeiffer.

"It is incomprehensible to be sharing information about our students with anyone who is incarcerated,” said Pfeiffer.

In a letter sent to parents Thursday school officials outline how Peerenboom sent pictures of students to a friend at a prison in southern Wisconsin.

According to Neenah Police Chief Kevin Wilkinson, the inmate in question is 33-year-old Eddie Sanders. Sanders was convicted of second-degree murder back in 1998.

"That package had contents that were questionable to the people who opened the package,” said Pfeiffer.

Correctional staff notified Pfeiffer last Friday they discovered class pictures with the names of students on them. Those pictures were never given to Sanders, but a further search of his cell found three other pictures of students.

One was a picture of the entire second grade class at Tullar from a field trip. Two others were smaller group pictures with first names of students.

An e-mail to parents Thursday night said the 22 students in Peerenboom's class were notified Friday morning that their teacher would not be back to school for personal reasons. Reasons Pfeiffer says many people are still trying to figure out.

"It's very disappointing, but again I think we have to be so careful about who we are giving information to,” said Pfeiffer.

Neenah police say they will not recommend charges be filed against Peerenboom or Sanders.

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