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CMS teacher under investigation resigns

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A Chesterton Middle School teacher has resigned amid unspecified allegations involving a student which are currently the subject of a criminal investigation.

Just before deadline today, the Duneland School Corporation released the following brief statement:

“The Duneland School Corporation always places the safety and well-being of our students as its highest priority. We value the quality communication from our parents and families allowing us to address concerns swiftly.

“A referral was made to administration that concerned a Chesterton Middle School teacher and a student. An investigation was conducted by the schools and was referred to law enforcement. Duneland School Corporation took measures to immediately remove the teacher, who has since resigned, from the school and all school-related activities. This situation is unrelated to previously released information regarding the seven student suspensions that took place at Chesterton Middle School on Dec. 7, 2018.”

Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski confirmed to the Chesterton Tribune that investigators have referred two possible charges against the former CMS teacher to the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, which is currently reviewing the case. But Cincoski declined to discuss the specifics of the investigation and declined as well to identify the teacher unless and until the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charges him.

As the Tribune reported on Monday, seven CMS students were suspended on Friday--not the 56 rumored on social media--but Bridget Martinson, director of public relations for the Duneland School Corporation, cited policy in declining to say why they were suspended or to discuss the matter in any more detail.

The circumstances leading to the seven’s suspension were investigated internally by the Duneland School Corporation and no law enforcement agency was involved, Martinson did say.



Posted 12/11/2018




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