A substitute teacher at Beaufort Middle School has been suspended following a report that he allegedly touched two students inappropriately last week.
The teacher, who works for substitute contractor Source4Teachers, allegedly touched a male student around the waist to move him to a desk, and touched a female student’s ear while looking at her earrings, according to Sgt. Hope Able of the Beaufort Police Department. Carrie Chappell, a Beaufort Middle assistant principal, called police about the contact, which occurred in a classroom between 11 a.m. and around 12:15 p.m. Nov. 22.
The two students were not injured, Able said.
The department listed the alleged assaults in its daily news release Wednesday.
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The next day, Able said the investigation was ongoing and a report was not yet available. No charges have been filed as of Friday morning.
The Beaufort County School District referred questions to Source4Teachers, its contractor for substitute services since this summer. Owen Murphy, the company’s vice president of marketing, said he could not talk Thursday, but provided a statement on the incident:
“We have been made aware that a substitute employed the company has been accused of inappropriate behavior while working in the Beaufort County School District. Given our policy for dealing with such matters, the substitute has been suspended indefinitely pending a full investigation. The safety of students is always our top priority. Source4Teachers has and will continue to work with the district and law enforcement to provide any necessary information or assistance they need to resolve this matter.”
Additional information was not available Friday.