Multiple staff members at Shelton High being investigated

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SHELTON — Shelton High Headmaster Beth Smith is not the only high school staff member being investigated, according to Mayor Mark Lauretti.

The mayor said Monday that the state’s attorney’s office and Shelton police are conducting a “criminal investigation involving multiple staff members” at the school.

Smith was placed on paid administrative leave on Thursday, on what school Superintendent Chris Clouet termed a “personnel matter.”

Shelton Police Chief Shawn Sequeira said Monday that his department is investigating whether school personnel are following the proper procedures, in accordance with Connecticut General Statutes, when dealing with potentially criminal situations.

Sequeira would not comment on what led to this investigation, saying only that the department was called to the high school on an incident involving students.

“While working on the alleged case concerning the students, this separate case came up,” the chief said. He would not comment on possible pending arrests, saying, “We would like to wrap this up as soon as possible, but I can give no timeline. That’s when things can slip through the cracks.”

“I prefer to be as efficient, accurate, clear and concise as possible,” Sequeira said. “We do not limit our investigation to one individual, because you never know where the investigation will lead.”

Clouet confirmed Saturday that “law enforcement and other agencies are currently investigating a situation that took place involving (Smith),” but he would not comment on details of the investigation or what other agencies are involved.

Lauretti said the investigation stems from an incident involving two students at the high school earlier last week.

“It is true that (Smith) is on paid administrative leave until further notice, but the circumstances of that decision are a personnel matter, and I cannot comment further,” Clouet said.

Sequeira said Monday that reports of an arrest of school personnel or any school personnel being escorted from the high school were inaccurate.

Assistant Principal John Skerritt is acting principal in Smith’s absence.