CENTRAL FALLS — A source close to the city's high school verified Wednesday that the State Police are investigating a 22-year-old science teacher for alleged misconduct, and that the Central Falls School District had removed her from her position.
The teacher, who's name hasn't been released because charges have yet to be filed, has been accused of partying with drugs and alcohol with students, inappropriate touching and even having sex with one teen-ager or more.
The source noted the district, led by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frances Gallo, suspended her in November. When The Times called Gallo for comment Wednesday, the reporter was told to speak to School District Coordinator of Communications Yaviri Grosso-Escalera.
According to Grosso-Escalera, “the case is still being investigated by the State Police, as far as I know, and it involves a Central Falls employee. She has been removed from the school district. We haven't heard anything about the investigation being completed.
“There are professional and legal issues we need to follow, so we'll wait to see how that investigation goes,” she added.
The source stated that on Monday, parents had received an automated telephone message from administrators revealing they believed authorities had spoken to each individual involved, and that the safety of the students, teachers and other employees was their No. 1 priority.
In addition, the message explained that the district “has taken immediate action to respond to serious allegations.”