HAMPSHIRE, Ill. (STMW) — A teacher at Hampshire High School in the northwest suburbs is under investigation for improper conduct with a student and has been put on paid administrative leave, school officials said Wednesday.
The Hampshire Police Department confirmed the department was working with Community Unit School District 300 and the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office regarding allegations reported by the school district.
An email from Principal Brett Bending and Superintendent Michael Bregy was sent to Hampshire High School parents late Wednesday alerting them of the situation.
“A concern has been raised about inappropriate behavior that allegedly took place between an HHS staff member and a student. It is our responsibility to take such concerns seriously and to cooperate with the police as needed in their investigation,” the email noted. “While the police investigation is taking place, the staff member has been placed on administrative leave, as is customary practice.
“We fully understand that you probably have many questions and would like more specifics. We hope that you also understand that we must be fair to everyone directly involved and limit our comments,” the email said. “Please be assured that the well being of those involved is very important to us, and we seek to handle the situation with the utmost professionalism.”
While neither Hampshire police nor the district would name of the teacher under investigation, District 300 on Wednesday afternoon removed email contact links as well as the homework and class assignment website of one of its first-year teachers. When contacted by phone, the teacher declined to comment.
The age of the student when the alleged incident took place were not immediately known early Thursday.
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