Superintendent releases statements on “alleged incident” at LCHS 

Published 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 8, 2019

‘Students at LCHS are safe’

By Abigail Whitehouse 

Contributing Writer 

STANFORD – An investigation of an “alleged incident” at Lincoln County High School (LCHS) is currently underway, according to a statement released by Lincoln County Superintendent Michael Rowe. 

The investigation of the Jan. 3 incident was the result of a tip to school administration, which prompted the opening of an internal investigation including both state and local law enforcement agencies. 

“Due to the nature of the alleged incident and the ongoing investigation, no additional details are available at this time,” the statement reads. “While we strive to be open and transparent with stakeholders, investigations are confidential, which means information concerning the investigation cannot be shared.” 

Rowe said sharing information could harm the investigation or the individuals involved but said at the conclusion of the investigation, specific information about the alleged incident would be provided. 

“Rest assured students are safe at Lincoln County High School,” the release states. 

Rowe issued a second press release Tuesday, both as the Superintendent and as a “father of two school-aged children.”

“If the investigation confirms the allegations, I will be sickened and dismayed,” Rowe said. “School employees are placed in a position of absolute trust Students and their families should always have confidence in that. We realize trust within our own system may have been broken due to the actions of a few. This does not reflect our staff overall, and we will work diligently to regain the trust and confidence in us.” 

The statement goes on to say the Lincoln County School District will not tolerate inappropriate behavior or contact between adults and students. 

“Any allegations will be handed over immediately to law enforcement for investigation, and if verified, will lead to arrest, prosecution, and termination of employment to ensure these individuals can never work with children again.” 

Rowe said communication with stakeholders is “key now and moving forward.” 

This story will be updated as soon as more information is made available.