GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — The Grand Island Police Department said they will not be filing charges after an investigation into alleged inappropriate behavior of a staff member at Engleman Elementary School.
"Based on the known facts in this case, the Grand Island Police Department has made the determination the investigation does not meet the threshold to constitute a criminal violation. For this reason, no charges are being pursued in reference to these allegations," said a statement from GIPD on Thursday. "We understand the sensitive nature of this case, and appreciate the patience to allow a thorough investigation to run its course."
The email on March 6, informed parents of an active investigation by Grand Island Police and the Nebraska Department of Human Services.
Grand Island Police said three students had reported suspicious behavior, including sexual contact by a school employee, on March 4.
Grand Island Public Schools released a statement on Thursday on the matter:
The Grand Island Police Department has concluded their investigation into reported inappropriate actions by an Engleman Elementary staff member and will not be filing criminal charges in the case. We thank the GIPD for their help in ensuring our kids are safe in our neighborhood schools.
Now that the GIPD has finished their work on the matter, GIPS will continue with our investigation. While the GIPD focused on whether criminal behavior occurred, our continuing investigation will focus on whether the staff member has violated district policies or GIPS expectations for conduct. The staff member will remain on administrative leave until we conclude our work. We will make further announcements upon the completion of our district investigation.
We would once again like to thank the students who reported their concerns. We encourage any student who feels something inappropriate is happening to report it to an adult. We also appreciate the Engleman staff who followed district reporting protocols in place to keep students safe.