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Substitute teacher resigns from Wake school amid investigation

Posted July 25, 2013

— The Wake County Public School System says it is working with the Wake County Sheriff's Office regarding a "matter" involving a substitute teacher who resigned last week from a Wake Forest elementary school.

Estella Shelton, interim chief communications officer for the school system, would not speak about the investigation but said the teacher, who had been a substitute since last June, resigned July 19 from his role at Jones Dairy Elementary School.

Parents, this week, also received an automated phone call from principal Rob Bendel asking them to report any relevant information about the teacher that their children might share with them.

"While I am not in a position to share a great deal of information, the school system and I want to assure you that we have responded promptly and appropriately to the concerns," Bendel said in the message, according to a transcript made available by the school system.

Capt. Jimmy Stevens, a spokesman for the Wake County Sheriff's Office, said investigators are aware of allegations involving the teacher, but he declined to comment further.

"We are not ready to make any charges or speak about suspects or any details of the investigation at this point," he said.


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  • btneast Jul 26, 2013

    Aren't subs screened and have a background check?

    That's not a 100% guarantee to catch everything. Background checks only catch people that have had an incident in the past, it does not catch those that have never been caught before.

  • Southern Girl Jul 25, 2013

    Screening? Aren't subs screened and have a background check? Maybe not. Hope nothing happened to any children. That would be a call that I would not want to get.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 25, 2013

    Yeah, unfortunately we seem to be seeing stuff like this coming to light more and more often. Plus depending on age, it can be tough to get information from a child without planting an idea in their heads.

  • bnlncteach Jul 25, 2013

    If I got that call I would be throwing up with worry...hope no children were harmed in anyway by this person.