School Files Child Abuse Report to DCF

High school in Duxbury, Mass. is investigating alleged confrontation between students, staff member

A Massachusetts high school is investigating an alleged confrontation between two students and a staff member.

Police confirm that Duxbury High School filed a 51A form, designated for child abuse or neglect, to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families regarding a reported incident that took place near the end of August. As police explained, filing this report is mandated protocol.

According to Duxbury Police, the school's principal confirmed there were allegations that a physical confrontation occurred between the staff member and the students.

Duxbury Police say that they asked school officials if they needed assistance, but that they did not want to file a police report. Police added that the department trusts the school's process, which they say has been thorough and responsive in the past.

"The district takes these allegations seriously and is investigating the alleged incident," wrote Duxbury Public Schools Superintendent Benedict Tantillo III in a statement Tuesday. "The safety and well-being of our students are most important to us."

Tantillo added in the statement that a state agency was investigating and that the school district was cooperating.

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