Two educators and the director are on leave. Some parents demand answers and transparency, so FOX61 has been looking for them.
PLYMOUTH, Conn – A criminal investigation focused on Plymouth Center Elementary School is underway, FOX61 has confirmed; two educators and the director are on leave. Now parents want answers on what is going on.
Betsy Caswell’s son attends Plymouth Center School. She said: “I understand there are legal ramifications as far as they can tell, but I think there has to be some transparency for the safety of our children.”
FOX61 went in search of this transparency. Superintendent Brian Falcone met FOX61’s Matt Caron at the door of the Plymouth central offices, but declined an on-camera interview, citing law and policy.
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Instead, he provided FOX61 with a statement that said, in part, “These actions are part of an ongoing personnel matter and further details cannot be provided at this time.”
Parents say this answer is not good enough.
“Parents in the city, as well as the city in general, should know what is going on and not trust the rumor mill on social media,” replied a mother who wanted her identity protected.
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FOX61 was also arrested by the Plymouth Police Department, the main investigative agency. An officer came to speak to FOX61 but declined an interview.
What FOX61 discovered were the names and positions of employees who were put on leave at Plymouth Center Elementary School.
Grade 4 teacher James Eschert has been put on leave. His page on the school website has been deactivated. Principal Sherri Turner is also on leave, as is mathematics interventionist Ms. Holleran.
Plymouth held a school board meeting on Wednesday. Chairman Walter Seaman said: “The reason the information is not fully disclosed at this time or at this board is because it cannot be.” He asked parents to trust them.
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“From my experiences within the system, I don’t trust the process,” said one parent.
An email FOX61 obtained from the principal shows that Mr. Eshchert was put on leave in September, but the principal reportedly did not notify the school community until November 2 after a message was posted on Snapchat.
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