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DULUTH - More than a dozen parents gathered at the Minnesota Education building in Duluth Thursday to support a teacher who they say was assaulted at a local middle school.
“I don’t have a whole lot of information from her other than she was assaulted. And she’s very scared. She was in tears when I talked to her yesterday. Her moods a little bit better today,” said Lisa Preston, a concerned parent.
Sarah Hodgson, a teacher at Lincoln Park Middle School, reached out to parents she knew to support her as she met with school and district officials in a closed meeting.
“What this is, is the beginning of an investigation. We’re meeting with people that are involved. And we’re talking with them. At this point in time, the person’s safe. There’s not an issue with that stand point of physical harm. And we’re just meeting to get details,” said Tim Sworsky, human resources manager of the Duluth Public Schools, who decline an on-camera interview but eventually agreed to have the above statement recorded only in audio for TV crews at the meeting.
According to Jim Hansen, police information officer with the Duluth Police Department, no official police report was filed as of Thursday. However, parents said their concerns are not only about this particular incident, but the overall safety of their children, and that they don't want the district to shove this alleged incident under the rug.
“I think as parents and a teacher gets assaulted, I think that we should be informed of what’s going on and what happened and what the consequences will be and what safety precautions will be taken from here on out. I think as parents we deserve that,” Larry Lasky, a concerned parent, said.
Hodgson has not been back to school since Monday, and district officials said they could not release any further details Thursday night because the investigation is on-going.