Students may have received inappropriate pictures from Davie County teacher; investigation underway

DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. -- The Davie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating allegations that students received inappropriate pictures from a former teacher, according to Sheriff Andy Stokes.

The sheriff’s office received information on Aug. 26 that a female teacher at William Ellis Middle School sent inappropriate pictures to male students, Stokes said.

The Davie County School System is cooperating in the investigation, Stokes said.

“We began working immediately with law enforcement and we dealt with the issue," said Davie County Schools Superintendent Dr. Darrin Hartness at a school board meeting Tuesday.

“There are inappropriate photographs that have spread by persons sharing with other persons,” Stokes said. “It has also been discovered that several students had an app disguised as a calculator that was actually a storage file for photographs.”

The school system accepted the teacher’s resignation on Aug. 30, according to Stephanie Koefoed, community relations and public information coordinator for Davie County Schools.

Parents of students involved were contacted last week, according to Hartness. The school district waited until this week to notify all other parents at Ellis Middle School and Davie High School.

"We did not want to say anything or do anything that might compromise that investigation," Hartness said.

Once the investigation is complete, the sheriff’s office and the district attorney’s office will determine if any charges will be filed, Stokes said.