Teacher resigns amid sheriff’s investigation

FRONT ROYAL – The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is investigating accusations of misconduct against a teacher at Warren County High School, school and law enforcement officials said Thursday.

Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said the investigation, which began April 14, is in its “early stages.”

McEathron would not discuss the nature of the accusations or disclose the identity of the teacher.

“We’re still sifting through all the information we’re receiving and working with the commonwealth’s attorney to determine if anything illegal may have happened,” McEathron said.

Greg Drescher, superintendent of Warren County Public Schools, said the teacher has been on administrative leave since the outset of the investigation.

“She has not been in the classroom since that time,” Drescher said, adding, “she has resigned her position with Warren County schools, and she is not going to return.”

Drescher said a long-term substitute teacher was hired to take over in the classroom after the allegations of misconduct were received.

Drescher said the teacher’s resignation won’t take effect until June 30. He refused to discuss details of her lingering ties with the school system but a teacher on administrative leave waiting for her resignation to take effect generally continues to receive pay until her official departure date.

Drescher said the investigation has not targeted any other teachers or students “to my knowledge.”

Warren County High School is the second area school to come under a major law enforcement investigation this year.

Strasburg High School has been rocked by the filing of criminal charges and subsequent convictions of seven students linked to an incident on a school bus carrying members of the junior varsity and varsity boys basketball teams.

Shenandoah County school officials have insisted the incident involved sexual assault, but law enforcement officials have been equally adamant that they did not have enough evidence to support such a charge. The defendants in the case were charged with assault or battery by mob.

The incident spawned investigations by the Sheriff’s Office, Frederick County Department of Social Services and an outside attorney hired by the school system under requirements of a federal civil rights law.

Shenandoah County school administrators have recommended expulsion or long-term suspensions for several students linked to the bus incident. A student disciplinary hearing pertaining to the case is scheduled for May 16.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com