Berlin teacher suspended

Published on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:40
Written by Charles Paullin


BERLIN - The town’s superintendent of schools has confirmed to The Herald that a teacher has been suspended and an investigation has been launched.

The investigation came as allegations of an inappropriate relationship between the unnamed teacher and Berlin High School student have come to light Friday.

Board of Education member Frederick Morley Jr. told The Herald he received a call from Superintendent Brian Benigni Friday night telling him of the allegations and the investigation.

Morley  said Benigni wouldn’t give specifics on the circumstances surrounding the probe and wouldn’t reveal the name of the teacher.

Morley did say the student is now attending college.

“The school admin-istration takes these events very seriously,” said Morley  . “I know Berlin takes pride in what they do. I want to make sure parents know what’s going on in our small school community.”

Benigni met with other school board members Monday night during a closed-door session after a regular meeting.

He wouldn’t confirm nor deny that the investigation was the subject of the session.

“We’re always working for the best interest of our students and their safety,” Benigni said.

School board President Matthew Tencza said members are aware a teacher is on leave but isn’t sure why.

Evelisa Mayette, president of the Berlin Education Association - the town’s teachers union - said Monday night she had not heard of any teacher suspension or investigation involving a teacher.

Board of Education student representative Alexander Halkias, a junior at Berlin High School, said he had heard about a relationship between a teacher and student, but said he didn’t know any specifics.

All other school board members declined to comment or did not return calls requesting comment.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General News on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:40. Updated: Wednesday, 14 February 2018 11:43.