NEW HAVEN, Conn. April 18 2017 A teacher in New Haven has been arrested after she allegedly engaged in misconduct with one of her students.
The New Haven School District confirmed that Jennifer Frechette, a drama teacher at Wilbur Cross High School was arrested on charges that she had sex with one of her students.
On January 5, district administrators and security staff responded to a report of inappropriate conduct at the high school involving a drama teacher and a student. The school system says they notified the student’s parents.
Frechette has been out on paid administrative leave since the school district became aware of the potential misconduct while they wait for the results of the police investigaton, they said.
The Interim Superintendent Dr. Reginald Mayo provided the following statement about Frechette:
The care and safety of students is the top priority for New Haven Public Schools. A breach of that responsibility by any staff member is cause for concern. The arrest of a New Haven teacher on allegations of sexual assault and risk of injury is deeply troubling. I am thankful for the work of school staff including school security and school counselors as well as the investigative efforts of the New Haven Investigative Services Unit, the Department of Children and Families and the State’s Attorney’s Office who have worked on this case. My heart goes out to the victim in this case and we will continue to offer any and all support that we can. While we respect the due process afforded to the teacher in both the criminal and employment aspects we will continue to cooperate with authorities as this matter moves to the prosecution phase. Based on the charges filed and the information included in the arrest warrant I will be moving forward with a recommendation of termination from employment with the New Haven Public Schools,” Mayo said.
The school has provided counseling and additional staff support to any student who may have been affected by the incident. They say they have also put plans in place to support academic and program needs of students.