Inappropriate Touching Incident at Ohio Charter School Under Investigation


Children’s Services is investigating following an incident involving inappropriate touching between three students was reported at an Ohio charter school. 

The CEO of Rise and Shine Academy in Toledo, Dr. Pat McKinstry, told CBS affiliate WTOL they became aware of the situation when a student reported something “nasty” happening in the bathrooms. 

School officials say a first-grader initiated inappropriate activity between herself and two other students.  

When a teacher found out, it was immediately reported, and the children were called to the office as their parents were called to the school.

The school says the teacher who was responsible for the students at the time of the incident is no longer employed with them, as they did not follow the bathroom policy of watching students while in the restroom. The school has also brought on a psychologist to work with the students involved, according to WTOL.

“This incident, even though it happened, these 6-year-olds’ innocent minds are only reacting to what they have been exposed to,” said McKinstry.

The school also issued a statement to address the incident:

“We’ve been made aware with the situation that involves like age children and due to the sensitivity of the matter, because of the ages of the children, the incident is still under investigation. We’re not at liberty to discuss further details, but additional policies have been put into place to ensure the continued safety of our children. “

The child who they say initiated the incident has not been back to school. Staff require the girl be counseled before she can return, according to WTOL.

“We have not let that child come back. It’s disheartening, it’s sad to me that we have to terminate her if her mother would not be honest enough to get this baby some treatment,” said McKinstry. 

The school has already changed their bathroom policy to only allow one child inside the bathroom at a time.

Children’s Services is working with the school and the licensing authority on the investigation.

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