New Hampshire music teacher on paid administrative leave

A high school music teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave while the state New Hampshire Department of Education investigates allegations of inappropriate contact with a former student, officials announced in a news release dated Sunday.The investigation into Carl Benevides, a teacher at Souhegan High School, involves a former student and no current students, school officials said. “Because this investigation was initiated by the NHDOE, SAU #39 has no further information to share and will await the result of their investigation,” Superintendent Adam Steel said in a statement. “SAU #39 recognizes the severity of these allegations and does not tolerate nor condone inappropriate behavior towards students.”The Department of Education also released a statement about the investigation but did not get into specifics. “In light of due process considerations, the New Hampshire Department of Education is not able to comment on any investigations with regard to a particular educator. However, the Department’s top priority is always ensuring the safety of children. All allegations of educator misconduct – regardless of when they might have occurred — are of paramount importance, and the Department works diligently with its partners to address any and all such claims swiftly and with fairness to all involved,” NH DOE said in a statement.

A high school music teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave while the state New Hampshire Department of Education investigates allegations of inappropriate contact with a former student, officials announced in a news release dated Sunday.

The investigation into Carl Benevides, a teacher at Souhegan High School, involves a former student and no current students, school officials said.

“Because this investigation was initiated by the NHDOE, SAU #39 has no further information to share and will await the result of their investigation,” Superintendent Adam Steel said in a statement. “SAU #39 recognizes the severity of these allegations and does not tolerate nor condone inappropriate behavior towards students.”

The Department of Education also released a statement about the investigation but did not get into specifics.

“In light of due process considerations, the New Hampshire Department of Education is not able to comment on any investigations with regard to a particular educator. However, the Department’s top priority is always ensuring the safety of children. All allegations of educator misconduct – regardless of when they might have occurred — are of paramount importance, and the Department works diligently with its partners to address any and all such claims swiftly and with fairness to all involved,” NH DOE said in a statement.

https://www.wmur.com/article/souhegan-high-school-teacher-investigation/39004937

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