A popular school teacher at a Sha Tin school has been cleared of misconduct following an investigation by the school's board. The teacher at the residential senior secondary Li Po Chun United College will resume teaching today after being suspended from duty last Tuesday after complaints made to the school's board by parents. The teacher had been banned from talking to past or present students and other members of staff at the school. Past and present students had rushed to the defence of the teacher by plastering the school with solidarity messages and organising a petition which gathered 140 signatures. Students also held a rally in support of the teacher on the eve of yesterday's findings. The students last night welcomed the board's decision. School principal Stephen Codrington said last night the board had found insufficient evidence to pursue the matter and reinstated the teacher immediately. 'There was not sufficient evidence and he is back in the classroom,' he said. A source close to the investigation said the board would have been negligent if they had not investigated the allegations. The teacher said yesterday he had been overwhelmed by the support and was looking forward to getting on with his job. 'I feel gutted, exhausted and just hugely relieved,' he said. He also said he hoped the unfounded misconduct allegations would not hurt his career. The teacher had received more than 70 letters from past and present students and staff. 'It has been very stressful and it has affected my family and those around me. I certainly don't feel like doing cartwheels because I'm still digesting what has happened,' he said. 'We are a big family here and I'm just glad it is over.'