Montville High School students walk out of class in protest of teacher who students say is sexually harassing girls

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MONTVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) – Around 20 students at Montville High School walked out of class early Thursday morning. Head football coach Tanner Grove is the subject of a state police and Department of Children and Families investigation.

RELATED: Montville High School teacher placed on paid administrative leave due to an investigation

The students who walked out of class are protesting what they say is sexual harassment going on inside the school. This comes after Grove, who also teaches Social Studies at Montville High School, was placed on paid leave last week after a 14-year-old student said he sexually harassed her in his classroom.

“I’m tired of being silenced,” yelled one of the protestors Thursday.

The student’s mother says she filed a complaint with the police. After she went public with the accusations, other people came forward as well.

“Mr. Grove was a substitute teacher, and it was for a gym class, and he just made a lot of us girls uncomfortable, and so do a lot of the gym teachers here at Montville High School. They set yoga and they put all of the girls in the front row and make us do yoga positions that no one is comfortable with,” a junior student said.

Another student claims a compliment about her dress was followed by an inappropriate comment from another teacher.

“He tried to compliment me and then right after the compliment told me ‘I will control myself’ which was highly disgusting,” said Montville High School Senior Erin Williams. “I told my counselor. I told the principal and they still didn’t do anything.”

Some of the students say the assistant principal and a teacher were blocking the front doors of the school when they tried to leave, so they went out the back.

Prior to this protest, the school department decided to have an early dismissal Wednesday at the high school.

In a message sent to parents, the superintendent of schools said, “Based on our strong commitment to ensuring the social and emotional well being of our school community, staff will use the afternoon to collaborate and share strategies to support the high school community as we move forward from recent events.”

News 8 reached out to Grove who has not been charged by police and also left a message with the superintendent of schools.

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