Hamden Police Investigating Allegations of Inappropriate Texts From Teacher to Students

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Hamden police are investigating allegations of a teacher sending inappropriate text messages to students at Booker T. Washington Academy.

School officials learned of the allegations Wednesday, according to John Taylor, executive director of the school.

A parent contacted the school after seeing the texts that were sent to her child, Taylor said.

More than one student was involved, but Taylor would not say how many students received the texts.

Taylor said they pulled the English Language Arts teacher from her classroom after learning about the allegations.

After discussions with the school's Board of Directors, administrators contacted Hamden police and fired the teacher on Thursday.

Hamden police confirmed they are investigating the complaint involving the teacher at Booker T. Washington. The students involved are 12-and-13-years-old, police said.

The private school's executive director and Board of Directors fired the teacher within 36 hours of learning about the allegations, school officials said.

Taylor said the school is offering services to the families of the students involved.

“Our number one priority is and remains to be the well-being of every scholar enrolled in our academy,” Taylor said. “Our actions have reflected that commitment and we will continue to work diligently to reinforce safety within our schools, support students who may have been affected by this incident, and work with parents to identify and meet the needs of families during this time.”

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