Accusations that a substitute teacher assaulted two students at Beaufort Middle School last month were unfounded, the Beaufort Police Department has determined.
The investigation followed a Nov. 22 report by Beaufort Middle assistant principal Carrie Chappell that a male substitute had lifted a male student around the waist to move him to a desk and touched a female student on the ear while looking at her earrings, police said last week.
No charges will be filed, as the teacher did not harm or mean to harm the students, investigator and victim’s advocate Stephanie Karafa said on Monday.
The department listed the alleged assaults in its daily news release on Nov. 30. A report on the incident was not available, but Sgt. Hope Able described the incident and said the students reported that their teacher “inappropriately touched them.”
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The teacher, who works for substitute contractor Source4Teachers, remains on suspension by the company pending the completion of the police department’s investigation, according to marketing vice president Owen Murphy.
The department is finishing its final report this week, Karafa said.