Wa-Nee School Corp. responds to allegations of teacher misconduct

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

The Wa-Nee Community School Corporation released the following statement after an investigation into alleged misconduct between a teacher and a student at NorthWood High School.

Press Release:

Wa-Nee Community School Corporation is committed to providing our students with a safe learning environment. To achieve this goal, Wa-Nee Schools maintains long established procedures to guard against, investigate and report any conduct that may, in any way, create a potentially harmful situation to our students. If Wa-Nee Schools learns of allegatoins of such conduct, we promise to undertake a promt and thorough investigation and to impose appropriate disciplinary and remedial measures when necessary and appropriate to rectify the situation and protect our students.

After learning on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, of allegations regarding a teacher's possible inappropriate conduct with a male high school student, Wa-Nee Schools immediately commenced an investigation. The teacher was Brooke Wilson, a NorthWood High School Spanish Teacher. Ms. Wilson was immediately suspended in accordance with Indiana law. During her suspension, Ms. Wilson was prohibited from interacting in any fashion with students, and from being on school grounds. That same day, Wa-Nee Schools submitted to the appropriate authorities all reports required by Indiana law. At its regular October 14th, 2013 meeting, the school board voted to cancel Ms. Wilson's teaching contract effective immediately. Wa-Nee Schools continues to work closely with the student, the parents, and other officials.

From the beginning, our focus is the best interests of our students. We believe that our course of action was fair, reasonable, and appropriate. To avoid interfering in any matter with the possible criminal proceeding, Wa-Nee Schools must limit its comments. Additionally, federal and state privacy laws prevent us from commenting on this matter beyond this statement. Our students' safety and well-being are our utmost concerns. Rest assured that Wa-Nee Schools will undertake all measures to safeguard our children, who are our community's future

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