QSD, police investigate bullying allegations
The Quincy Police Department is investigating allegations from the mother of a sixth-grade girl at Monument Elementary School who says her daughter last week was bullied by her classmates.
The substitute teacher in charge of the classroom resigned this week. However, the reason for his resignation hasn’t been stated.
Police Chief Bob Heimbach on Tuesday said investigators are attempting to interview everyone involved in the incident. Interviews include students and adults. Once the investigation is complete, it will be turned over to the Grant County prosecutor to determine what, if any, charges are applicable.
“We will refer it to the prosecutor’s office for review,” Heimbach said.
In statements to local media outlets, the mother of the student alleged her child was grabbed by other students in the classroom and taken to the front of the room at the direction of the substitute teacher. She reports there is video of the incident.
The school district learned of the allegations late Friday afternoon, said John Boyd, superintendent. The allegations are “related to lack of supervision of students by a substitute teacher,” Boyd said.
In a prepared statement, Boyd said, “The substitute teacher at issue has resigned. However, we are working with law enforcement and will continue our investigation and make appropriate reports to other agencies based on what is learned during the course of the investigation.”
The substitute teacher involved is Ken Lacy of Crescent Bar. When contacted on Tuesday, Lacy said he had retained an attorney and would not comment.
“Having safe and supportive learning environments of our students is one of our core expectations, and we take that very seriously,” Boyd said.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org