Police investigating after 3 educators at Plymouth elementary school placed on administrative leave


PLYMOUTH, Conn. (WTNH) — Three educators in Plymouth are on administrative leave, and now police are investigating.

News 8 attended a school board meeting Wednesday night where the issue was addressed. Members of the school board said there are a lot of rumors swirling around and they want to be as transparent as possible.

One of the employees on leave is Sherri Turner, the principal of Plymouth Center School. Two other teachers are also on leave.

“People are angry, parents are angry because they say they haven’t received information,” Walter Seaman, chair of the Board of Education said.

Seaman announced Wednesday night that James Asher, a teacher at the Plymouth Center School was placed on leave on Sept. 17, and on Oct. 9, he was suspended then resigned.

“If anyone is found to have betrayed the trust of this district, our children, and this community, we will do everything we can to make sure they are held accountable,“ Seaman said.

The school board said they wanted to be as transparent as possible, but since this is a personnel matter and they are bound by law, they can only release so much information.

They now have an administrator and a teacher placed on leave. They say it is not connected and they have multiple state agencies investigating. Right now, their job is to stay away from it so when the investigation is finished they will look at the different results and make a decision on what has to happen.

“The board needs to remain neutral,” Councilman Dan Gentile, the liaison to the school board, said. “There is going to be due process, and then the police are going to do their job, and DCF or whoever else is involved, and the superintendent are going to do their job. And in due time, after that is all done, we will come to a conclusion.”

The board named Phillis Whorunsky as interim principal Wednesday night. Gentile said it’s not easy, but parents and students in the community need to be patient as investigators do their work.

“They are doing everything they can,” Gentile said. “We have a new superintendent, Bryan Falcone, so he is doing everything he can. And the Board of Ed is doing what they are supposed to do. They are going to be very transparent.”

Whorunsky has 30 years of experience and education and starts immediately.

There was no timetable for how long the investigation may take.

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