North Clarion Elementary Teacher Accused of Huffing Spray Duster in Front of Students
TIONESTA, Pa. (EYT) – A North Clarion Elementary School teacher is under investigation for allegedly huffing spray duster in front of her students.
A source close to the situation said the incident is alleged to have occurred in front of a classroom of approximately twenty students, ranging from ages 8 to 9.
The source confirmed that Clarion County District Attorney Mark Aaron met with the parents of the children during a closed door meeting at the school on January 13.
ExploreClarion.com spoke with a parent who attended the meeting.
“Parents were confused and some were in the dark as to what had happened,” said the parent.
The parent’s 8-year-old child was in the room when the incident allegedly occurred. The child allegedly “saw the can” of spray duster and “heard a noise.”
According to the parent, other children in the classroom allegedly witnessed the incident taking place.
The parent also said District Attorney Aaron indicated that the children may need to testify against the teacher as the investigation progresses.
District Attorney Aaron told ExploreClarion.com, “I cannot comment on this as it is a pending investigation.”
School officials are also keeping quiet on the alleged incident.
“This is a personnel matter and I cannot comment,” said North Clarion Superintendent Steve Young.
Calls to PSEA Teacher’s Union President Steve Wilson were not immediately returned.
Authorities have not released the name of the teacher.
No charges have been filed as of January 29. Sources say the incident remains under investigation.
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