The Constantine Police Department has concluded the school-related portion of its investigation regarding sexual conduct demonstrated by two 5-year-old boys at Eastside Elementary.
According to a department media release, results of the week-long investigation were reported to Constantine Public Schools Superintendent Chuck Frisbie. He said the classroom instructor resumed teaching duties Monday and there is no criminal negligence on her part.
Frisbie said the two boys involved in the incident have been temporarily removed from the classroom and will be offered educational services at home.
Meanwhile, investigators will now shift their attention to a different arena to determine if the boys have been victimized in any manner. The continuation of the investigation is due in part to the behavior exhibited falling outside the realm of normal sexual curiosity, police said.
Constantine Public Schools Superintendent Chuck Frisbie on Tuesday sent a letter to parents of Eastside Elementary students and provided general information about a police investigation at the Pre-K-through-second-grade school.
In the letter, Frisbie indicated the investigation centers on “incidents which may have occurred in a kindergarten classroom” at Eastside.
Frisbie said parents of children from the classroom in question were notified of the investigation Thursday last week, shortly after the matter was brought to the attention of school personnel.
For now, the students involved are not in their assigned classroom, pending the results of the investigation and at this time there is no reason to suspect other students at Eastside Elementary are involved, Frisbie wrote.
Frisbie said pending the investigation and according to district policy, the classroom teacher has been suspended with pay. There are no criminal concerns related to the teacher, Frisbie added.
A teacher at Eastside Elementary in Constantine is on paid leave as a procedural measure while the Constantine Police Department conducts an investigation at the school.
Superintendent Chuck Frisbie said he wasn’t at liberty to elaborate on the matter while the investigation remains active. He did say a 90-minute meeting took place privately with about 15 parents Monday night.
Constantine Village Manager Mark Honeysett said police Chief Jim Bedell and officer Holly Cerny are heading up the investigation and is the result of a matter reported last week.
Both Frisbie and Honeysett said the investigation will likely follow a slow pace because it involves interviewing children at the kindergarten-through-second-grade school, as well as the parents of at least two 5-year-old boys.
A bookshelf and nearly five dozen books were dedicated this week at Riverside Elementary in Constantine in memory of Jodi Parrack.
The bookcase was assembled by Dale Wentela’s shop class at Constantine High School and funds to purchase 56 books came from proceeds left from a previous fundraiser.
Labels inside the new books included a picture of Parrack and reference to the fact they were donated in her memory.
Parrack was an 11-year-old fifth-grade student at Riverside when she disappeared the afternoon of Nov. 8, 2007, and was found dead at Constantine Township Cemetery.
Hundreds of people gathered Sunday evening at Constantine High School to salute the district’s 2012 football team.
Despite falling short in their bid for the Division 6 state title Friday, the Falcons received a hero’s welcome at the community gathering. Coach Shawn Griffith and school personnel thanked the fans for their support and the team for its effort.
Friday’s 37-27 setback to Ithaca at Ford Field makes Constantine the Division 6 runner-up for the second consecutive year. The Falcons finished the 2012 campaign with an 11-3 record, while Ithaca completed its third consecutive undefeated season.
Here’s an announcement from Constantine Schools athletic director Mike Messner regarding Friday’s Division 6 state championship game between Constantine and Ithaca.
The school district will get to keep 50 cents of every $10 ticket for the game purchased at the high school office. Messner said he hopes fans planning to attend the game buy their tickets ahead of time to help the school offset the expense of sending its team and band to Ford Field.
In addition, Messner said a 7 o’clock meeting tonight at the high school will provide an opportunity to sign up for a free spectator bus and buy game tickets. Tickets will also be available at the high school until 3 p.m. today and 7:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday.