A 22-year-old female teacher in the Indian River School District has been arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
The teacher, who the district and Delaware State Police have not named, teaches at the Howard T. Ennis School in Georgetown and has been placed on unpaid leave.
The incident involves a student with a developmental delay who was left on a playground unattended for hours.
Delaware State Police have confirmed the 3-year-old student was left on the playground after several children ran away as the teacher was lining up students to re-enter the building after recess.
The three-year-old who was left behind hid under a piece of playground equipment.
The charges come less than a month after another Indian River school – Sussex Central High – had one of its students sue the school, district and administration for circling a meme photo of her exposed breast that resulted from a fight at the school.
“The Indian River School District is aware of an incident involving a student at the Howard T. Ennis School that occurred on September 18,” the district said in a statement.
The district initiated an investigation and is working with the family.
“State and federal laws protecting the privacy rights of students and staff prevent the district from commenting further,” the statement read.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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