Pearson Elementary employee on leave for 'alleged assault'

POULSBO — An employee of Pearson Elementary School is on administrative leave after reports of an "unacceptable level of physical contact with a student" June 1.

North Kitsap School District administration has an outside investigator looking into the matter, district spokeswoman Robyn Chastain said.

Because it's personnel related, Chastain would not comment on who is involved.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, an investigation into what it's calling an alleged assault is nearing its end. The incident occurred on the playground Friday, according to a Sheriff's Office press release. No criminal charges have been filed. No arrests have been made.

Chastain said the incident did not happen on the playground.

Sgt. Ken Dickinson, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, said the sheriff's office is waiting for "one more thing to come in" before ending the investigation. Dickinson does not expect anyone to be arrested or charged, he said.

This is the second incident this school year involving a Pearson employee allegedly hitting a student. A parent accused a teacher of slapping her child in March. The teacher was not named.

Because nobody has been charged, Dickinson would not comment on if the two incidents involved the same employee.

Pearson principal Deb Forman sent an email to parents Friday, and hardcopy Monday, related to the incident.

The letter states:

I must inform you that today we received a report that one of our employees had an unacceptable level of physical contact with a student. An investigation is currently underway to ensure that all the facts are accurate and we have a complete picture of what occurred. Upon receiving the report, the employee was placed on administrative leave from their position pending the outcome of an investigation.

Although I will not be able to comment on the specifics of this situation because it is a personnel matter, I want you to know that I am always available to discuss any concerns or questions you may have regarding the safety of our students.


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