• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

WCHS teacher resigns after allegations from student

Woodford County High School choir teacher Cooper Schrimsher resigned last Friday after he allegedly had an inappropriate communication with a student, schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins said.

The report of the alleged communication between a student and Schrimsher occurred Thursday, Aug. 16, according to a letter sent home with students Friday, Aug. 24.

Schrimsher, in his third year at WCHS, was placed on paid administrative leave Aug. 16. His letter of resignation was tendered and accepted Aug. 24.

During the process of investigating the initial allegation of an inappropriate communication, Hawkins said, “We did receive an additional allegation and that was investigated as well.” That inappropriate communication with a different student allegedly occurred last school year, he said.

“Based on the information that we received and the evidence that we uncovered,” said Hawkins, “I think that is what led to the resignation.”

When asked to explain the nature of the allegations, Hawkins said, “Primarily inappropriate communication – in other words, conversations… We did not find anything on social media” related to inappropriate communication during the school district’s investigation.

Any further investigation into alleged communications between WCHS students and Schrimsher will be made by the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (social services) and police, according to Hawkins.

“We did notify the police,” he explained. “It will be up to them to determine where they go from here. And then they’ll have to determine if any of that would have been criminal.”

The investigation has been turned over to Kentucky State Police detectives, Versailles Police Lt. Michael Fortney said.

If additional reports are received from students, Hawkins said the district would look into the allegations. “And depending on the nature of those (allegations) we would obviously also share that information with the other agencies,” he said.

Hawkins said the process will begin immediately to hire a qualified choir teacher for the now-vacant position at WCHS. A substitute has been teaching Schrimsher’s classes in his absence, he added.

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