Fox v. Board of Education

In Fox v. Board of Education, 160 W. Va. 668, 236 S.E.2d 243 (1977), the Court found that although dismissal was too severe a penalty for missing a parent-teacher conference, the teacher could be disciplined. The Court explained: "We do not attempt to formulate a comprehensive definition of "wilful neglect of duty" that would reasonably support a teacher's permanent dismissal. A continuing course of lesser infractions may well, when viewed in the aggregate, be sufficient. And we may envision a single act of malfeasance, whereby severe consequences are generated, that merits a dismissal." (160 W.Va. at 672, 236 S.E.2d at 246.)