• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

WCHS teacher placed on administrative leave

A Woodford County High School teacher was placed on paid administrative leave last Thursday after a student reported an incident to an adult, who then notified the administration, schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said Friday.

In addition to conducting its own investigation, Hawkins said, “We’ve contacted the appropriate agencies who may also need to do their own investigation. And we’ll be working alongside them.”

Versailles Police Lt. Michael Fortney said his department began its investigation Friday morning, but had not determined if any criminal charges were warranted in this case.

“We do have detectives helping with this investigation just because of the nature of the (alleged) incident,” said Fortney.

Hawkins said he talked with the high school’s staff last Friday morning to reassure them that school officials will deal with the situation and are there to support all of the students in the building.

“You hope that things like this don’t happen,” said Hawkins, “but unfortunately they will from time to time.” Asked if the allegations occurred this school year, Hawkins said, “I don’t have a lot of detail in terms of timeline just yet.”

An investigation includes conducting interviews and looking at evidence, “and that’s the process that we’re in right now, is to speak with everyone that is affected or is impacted,” said Hawkins. Once all of that information has been gathered, he said school officials will make a determination on how to proceed, but declined to identify the teacher because it’s a personnel matter and an ongoing investigation.

“As soon as the information was brought to our attention,” said Hawkins, “we began dealing with it immediately. And I think as a school district we have always taken every situation that’s reported very seriously, and we’ve dealt with it in an appropriate manner and we will continue to do so.”

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