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5/19/2015 4:45 AM
By Associated Press

Milwaukee school head's chief of staff on leave for gesture

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The chief of staff for the Milwaukee Public Schools superintendent is on paid leave after he allegedly made an obscene hand gesture at a recent school board budget meeting.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1dg7eezhttp://bit.ly/1dg7eez ) that a teachers' union employee took a picture of Erbert Johnson with his middle finger extended. The picture was shared on social media.

Johnson is chief of staff for Superintendent Darienne Driver. A district spokesman says it's investigating.

The Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association says Johnson apologized immediately after the May 14 meeting.

Johnson has been chief of staff since last July. His annual salary is $138,671.

Johnson does not have a listed phone number and The Associated Press could not reach him for comment Monday night.

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