Few details in investigation of Astor Elementary teacher

The teacher was placed on administrative leave

Astor Elementary School in Portland, October 18, 2016. (KOIN)
Astor Elementary School in Portland, October 18, 2016. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An Astor Elementary School teacher is being investigated by police after being accused of behaving “inappropriately” in class with students.

In an email sent to parents, Principal Karl Newsome didn’t go into detail, but said a teacher has been placed on administrative leave while police investigate an incident.

Portland Police Bureau said the indicated behavior could be considered criminal, so the Youth Services Division and Child Abuse Team are aiding in the investigation.

No further details on the teacher or the allegations were immediately available.

“This is all the information that we can share right now as we cooperate with the police and their investigation,” Newsome said.

Some parents who spoke with KOIN 6 News said they learned about the incident from their kids, but that this isn’t the first issue they’ve heard about in recent weeks.

“At what point does the administration step in and say something serious is going on at Astor and something needs to be done,” one parent said.

Weeks ago, students walked out of class to protest the school’s decision to transfer a new, full-time math teacher to another campus. Students supported him during the walkout by saying he’s done a good job of challenging them.

“It just seems like there are a lot of concerns and I’m hoping it settles down,” another parent said. “I’m hoping the focus goes back to education, but I’m concerned.”