Teacher placed on leave after reports of assaults

September 26, 1993|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

A second-grade teacher at Tyler Heights Elementary School in Annapolis was placed on paid leave Thursday following allegations she physically assaulted four of her students, Annapolis police and school officials said yesterday.

Detective Brenda Higgs said the teacher, who is in her 30s, has not been charged with any crime, but the investigation is continuing.

"The investigation has been going on for about two weeks. Child Protective Services [of the Department of Social Services] got -- the first report and contacted us," Ms. Higgs said. "We notified school officials immediately after the first accusation was officially made."

Ms. Higgs declined to identify the teacher, or describe the nature of the alleged abuse, but said one student "may have suffered minor injuries" as a result.

All four students are either 6 or 7 years old, Ms. Higgs said.

Jane Doyle, a spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County public school system, said this is the first year the teacher has taught in the county "but I understand it was not her first year of teaching."

The incident is the latest in a series of alleged abuse cases in the county schools; the other cases involve sexual abuse allegations.

Two teachers at Northeast High School are awaiting trial. Each has been charged with one count of child sexual abuse involving a student.

A third teacher, Ronald Walter Price, was convicted earlier this month on three counts of child sex abuse for having sex with three students.

Acting Superintendent Carol S. Parham, who has been in charge of the school system since July 31, sought to reassure parents yesterday, saying that "when such cases are brought to our attention, we're going to take strong and appropriate action.

"We have almost 4,000 teachers in our school system, and the vast majority work diligently to protect and educate the children of Anne Arundel County."

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