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Track coach resigns, 2 Rocky Hill High School teachers on leave

ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WTNH) - Three track and field coaches at Rocky Hill High School are at the center of a police investigation. 

One of the coaches has since resigned and the other two coaches, both teachers at the high school, have been placed on paid administrative leave, according to Dr. Mark Zito, Superintendent of Schools.

Dr. Zito said the two teachers were placed on leave "with pay and without prejudice," on May 30 pending the results of an investigation.  Dr. Zito also stated that a former track and field coach, who is not employed as a teacher in Rocky Hill or in any other school district, resigned on May 29.

The details of the investigation and extent of the allegations are not known at this time.  Many want answers including the students who say they watched their teachers get pulled out of class and not come back.  

"My teacher was asked to come out into the hallway in the middle of geometry," one student told News 8.  "The next day a teacher told us she was going away for a while and wouldn't be back for the rest of the school year."

"It's kind of shocking because you never expect it from our school - we have such small school," Ricky Alvarado said.  "You never hear anything on the news about our school."

Alvarado said one of the teachers on leave is his teacher. 

"He won't be there to finish teaching," ALvarado continued.  

Michael John said that same teacher was also his youth soccer coach. 

"He was a nice guy, a really nice guy," John said.  "He taught me a lot and was a good soccer coach. A very respected as a track coach.  It was kind of sad to be honest - we knew him for a very long time."

Students are in the midst of finals and graduation season.  For some, not having answers makes them feel unsettled. 

"A lot of students were very disturbed and weren't really focused on finals," another student shared. 

In a statement, Dr. Zito said, in part, "The safety of our students is our first priority, and we are cooperating fully with the investigation of this matter."

News 8 will update this story with more information as it becomes available.


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