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2 teachers resign, 1 on leave amid sexual misconduct allegations at NH school

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EXETER, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Two teachers have resigned and a third was placed on administrative leave amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with students at a New Hampshire high school.

Exeter school officials, as well as Exeter police are investigating the allegations.

Officials tell FOX 25 the investigation involves sexual misconduct and unprofessional behavior involving a teacher and students. School officials say one male teacher was placed on paid leave back in April.

Officials say a woman stepped forward in April claiming she was sexually assaulted by a social studies teacher in 2009. While investigating those allegations, officials came across a screenplay allegedly written by the three teachers involved in the probe. The screenplay was reportedly dripping with vulgarity, drug use, and sexually explicit scenes between teachers and student.

Superintendent Michael Morgan said an"original screenplay" is part of the investigation and that it "may be viewed by some as controversial." Morgan would not release any more information about the screenplay.

Two more male teachers were placed on paid leave Wednesday as a result of the investigation. Two of the men have since resigned, one on Wednesday and another back on May 24.

FOX 25 has learned that the only teacher who resigned on May 24 was social studies teacher Robert Batchelder. The superintendent would not comment on Batchelder's role in the investigation.

The school is asking parents to be patient while the school and police both conduct their investigations. No charges have been filed at this time.


FULL STATEMENT FROM SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL MORGAN:

As you may be aware, Exeter High School has been the focus of current news reports regarding the alleged unprofessional conduct of three faculty members.

At this time I am confirming that two of these three teachers have resigned and that an internal investigation continues on the third teacher.

Protocol mandates that investigation information be shared with the New Hampshire Department of Education and local law enforcement officials. That has been done and those agencies are conducting their own investigations in these reported matters.

As part of the SAU investigation an original screenplay was discovered.

Reportedly this manuscript has been shared with the media and may be viewed by some as controversial. You may hear more about this matter which I am not at liberty to discuss at this time.

Although this is an ongoing, confidential, personnel investigation, please be assured SAU officials will make every effort to provide accurate information when possible.

The safety and security of our students is always a top priority and I can assure you that our school community members are safe.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as this difficult and disappointing process continues to unfold. If you have any concerns, please contact me or local police.

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