Sussex Central High School

Sussex Central High School (Photo: Allen & Shariff website)

GEORGETOWN, Del. - The Indian River School District has released a statement saying that members of the Sussex Central High School staff were placed on administrative leave Monday.

The number of staff placed on leave or the reason for this decision were not immediately made clear.

The School District says there is an ongoing investigation, but state and federal laws prevent the district from commenting further at this time.

Delaware State Police say there is currently no law enforcement investigation as of now but there may be more information later today. 

On Friday, May 26, the Indian River School District released the following statement:

“It is a regular practice of the Indian River School District to place employees on paid leave in many circumstances, including when there is an allegation, investigation, complaint, threat against the employee, or other instance warranting paid leave.  When an employee is placed on paid leave, this should never be construed as expressing or implying that an employee will face employment action or that an employee may have engaged in any wrongful conduct (of any severity). The District will not provide further comment on this issue.”

Delaware State Police says after a consultation and review with the Department of Justice they are conducting a criminal investigation. Further details on the investigation were not given.

In a statement to WBOC DSP says, "While it is essential to keep our communities informed, it is equally vital for the DSP to ensure the integrity of the investigation. Providing a safe school environment is of the utmost importance to both DSP and the Indian River School District. We will provide meaningful updates when available. We thank the public for their patience and understanding as the investigation progresses."