Two teachers in Southern Kentucky have resigned amid an investigation of alleged inappropriate conduct involving students, according to police and school officials.
One man taught in Russell County and the other in Casey County.
The investigation started with a complaint to the Russell Springs Police Department from a parent about alleged improper communication or interaction involving one teacher and one student, Chief Joseph M. Irvin said Thursday.
However, police have substantiated complaints against two teachers so far, Irvin said.
Authorities didn't identify the men because they have not been charged.
Police thought the information they had uncovered was important enough to relay to school officials even in the absence of criminal charges, Irvin said.
Irvin said it was the first time in his 20-plus years in law enforcement that he had disclosed information early in that manner.
"We don't want another kid affected," he said.
With the investigation continuing, police and school officials declined to release many details, such as the nature of the improper conduct.
Irvin confirmed that the teacher in Russell County taught elementary school, but he said the alleged improper acts did not involve an elementary student.
Irvin also said the alleged improper conduct occurred in Russell County, but he declined to comment on whether anything happened at a school.
Russell County school officials suspended the teacher there when presented with evidence of wrongdoing, and the teacher resigned soon after, according to a news release from the school system.
Russell County Superintendent Michael Ford said he couldn't comment on what information police provided.
Casey County Superintendent Marion Sowders said that after police contacted him about the investigation, he gave information on the findings to the teacher there, who resigned.
"Very unfortunate," Sowders said of the allegations.
Irvin said both school systems acted quickly to deal with the allegations of impropriety and to protect students.
"I'm impressed with both school systems," he said.
Irvin said that as the investigation proceeded, police received allegations involving more than one teacher and more than one student. He emphasized that no allegations have been substantiated other than those involving the two teachers who resigned.
If police substantiate additional claims, they will notify school officials immediately, he said.
Irvin said he didn't know when his department will present information to a grand jury.
"We'll be really, really diligent" in investigating, he said. "Without a doubt, there's going to be criminal charges."