CRIME

Florence police Chief Adam Marsh has completed the investigation into two substitute teachers who allegedly forced students to crawl on their hands and knees on an asphalt track.

The police department’s investigation wrapped up around 3 p.m. Monday, Marsh said on Tuesday. The fate of the case now relies on the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office.

“It’s now in their hands,” Marsh said. “And they are going to review it.”

Marsh told the Herald that the parents of several children came forward and complained about the disciplinary methods used by two substitute teachers in a physical education class.

The children injured their hands while doing bear crawls on an asphalt track during a class, Marsh said.

The investigation took about 10 days to complete. It was extensive, Marsh said, because it involved talking with the 14 children that sought medical attention after the incident, as well as both substitute teachers.

“We have made the decision that the substitute teachers will not be allowed on the campus or on any campus in an employment capacity during our investigation and while any criminal investigation is still pending,” said Paul Michalewicz the superintendent of schools, in an email. “We want our parents and community to be assured that our staff works hard every day to protect our students and the educational environment. Our students’ safety and well-being is our top priority.”

Names of the two teachers being investigated will not be released unless charges are filed, Marsh said.

“We have to gather all the pieces,” Marsh said last week. “There were quite a few children involved.”

Though a grand jury will decide what the teachers are charged with if they are charged at all, Marsh said an injury to a child charge is an option.

Child Protective Services is also involved in the investigation because 16 children were reported to be involved.

254-501-7552 | sullivan@kdhnews.com

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