A Salt Lake City elementary school principal has been placed on leave for the form of punishment she allegedly used on a student at her school.
As Fox13 reports, the boy was reportedly sent to Laurie Lacy’s office because he was pulling his pants down in his Edison Elementary school classroom. Lacy reportedly told the student to pull his pants down while he sat in her office. But the boy didn’t have any underwear on when he removed his pants, leaving him partially nude while he sat in the chair for an unknown length of time.
Sources say the other teachers saw the boy, believed to be in first grade, in Lacy’s office while he had his pants off, according to The New York Daily News.
That’s when the incident was reported to the school district. The Utah Division of Child and Family Services alerted the police department.Screenshot/FOX13
According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Detective Richard Chipping explained what happened next:
“The district was made aware of the allegations involving the principal at Edison Elementary several days ago and immediately started a comprehensive investigation, including placing the principal on leave.”
Detective Chipping said that the case is being investigated as a:
“Single incident, inappropriate in nature, not necessarily sexual.”
Detective Greg Wilking added that the Special Victims Unit detectives are handling the case due to the child’s age.
Salt Lake School District member, Jason Olsen, released the following statement about Lacy:
“The district was made aware of the allegations involving the principal at Edison Elementary several days ago and immediately started a comprehensive investigation, including placing the principal on leave. We are also fully cooperating with police in their investigation.”
Lacy was asked to comment on the accusations against her. She told Fox 13:
“Thank you for the opportunity. I am not able to comment at this time. When I am permitted to do so I can give you statement.”
Principal Lacy remains on leave while the investigation continues.