A Chesterton Middle
School teacher has resigned amid unspecified allegations involving a student
which are currently the subject of a criminal investigation.
deadline today, the Duneland School Corporation released the following brief
School Corporation always places the safety and well-being of our students
as its highest priority. We value the quality communication from our parents
and families allowing us to address concerns swiftly.
“A referral was
made to administration that concerned a Chesterton Middle School teacher and
a student. An investigation was conducted by the schools and was referred to
law enforcement. Duneland School Corporation took measures to immediately
remove the teacher, who has since resigned, from the school and all
school-related activities. This situation is unrelated to previously
released information regarding the seven student suspensions that took place
at Chesterton Middle School on Dec. 7, 2018.”
Chief Dave Cincoski confirmed to the Chesterton Tribune that
investigators have referred two possible charges against the former CMS
teacher to the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, which is
currently reviewing the case. But Cincoski declined to discuss the specifics
of the investigation and declined as well to identify the teacher unless and
until the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charges him.
As the Tribune
reported on Monday, seven CMS students were suspended on Friday--not the 56
rumored on social media--but Bridget Martinson, director of public relations
for the Duneland School Corporation, cited policy in declining to say why
they were suspended or to discuss the matter in any more detail.
leading to the seven’s suspension were investigated internally by the
Duneland School Corporation and no law enforcement agency was involved,
Martinson did say.