Three Triton Regional High School teachers were arrested Thursday on charges alleging they engaged in sexual relationships with now-former students during the 2011-12 school year.
Two administrators, including the school's principal, were also charged by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office in the probe into the teachers' alleged misconduct. The administrators are accused of covering up a report of student-teacher sex.
Black Horse Pike Regional School District (BHPRSD), of which Triton is a part, issued the following statement through the prosecutor's office on Thursday:
We are saddened and deeply disappointed by the allegations of what took place at Triton High School. We expect our staff members to be professional, moral and ethical in all of their interactions with students, colleagues and community members. We will not tolerate any conduct that is inappropriate and unbecoming of a staff member. We will take corrective action and all disciplinary measures under the law when there is evidence of any staff misconduct. We encourage members of this school district and community to support each other through these difficult times, and look to a more positive tomorrow.
BHPRSD Superintendent John Golden issued the following statement through Philadelphia public relations firm Braithwaite Communications:
Let me be clear, we have zero tolerance for sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior of any kind. As educators and community members nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our students.
The principal, vice principal and three teachers involved have been removed from school and placed on administrative leave.
The Black Horse Pike Regional School District is cooperating fully with the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. In addition, we have initiated a comprehensive review of our existing policies protocols and training and education materials to prevent this from happening again at this or any district school.
We are notifying all of our families through our district news alert system and making counseling services available to any student and family as needed. On an interim basis, the four vice principals at Triton High School will take on the responsibility of day-to-day leadership, in consultation with our Central Office Administrative Team.
For more on the Triton teacher-student sex charges, visit:
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