Few details released as police investigation continues into Holston View Elem.


BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) -An investigation into an area elementary school continues this evening after allegations of child abuse and neglect.

Sullivan County District Attorney Barry Staubus tells us these allegations stem from an incident at Holston View Elementary School.

At the same time, the principal of that school, Jerry Poteat, and Program Assistant, Cherith Roberts have been placed on administrative leave pending an active police investigation.

Right now police as well as school officials are remaining tight lipped about this active investigation.

The one thing school officials could say is this is an isolated incident.

Rebecca Craddock with Bristol, Tennessee City Schools sat down with us Monday afternoon and says parents should know their kids are safe.

“We will continue to keep parents updated on information as we are allowed to share it, we really feel strongly that we need to be forthright with parents,” said Craddock.

Craddock says right now the information they can give is limited to what is in a letter. It is the letter that went home with students at Holston View Friday in a sealed envelope, notifying parents about an active police investigation.

“We are certainly taking this very, very seriously,” said Craddock.

On Friday Sullivan County District Attorney Barry Staubus told NewsChannel 11 there is an investigation into allegations of child abuse and neglect at the school but could not comment any further. He wouldn’t say if that investigation prompted the letter.

The Bristol, Tennessee police department is leading the investigation into allegations mentioned in the letter. Captain of Criminal Investigations, Terry Johnson, also sat down with us Monday afternoon.

“Due to the nature of the allegations I am not able to release any information at this time,” said Johnson.

Johnson says he too is limited in what he can release to the public.

“We feel its important to guard the information simply because any release of information could compromise our case,” said Johnson.

Craddock adds that while the police will handle their part, they too are working to make sure parents and students feel safe.

“We are taking this situation very seriously and trying very, very hard to put in place the support system that the parents and staff need to move forward,” said Craddock.

Craddock says school system administrators will work to update parents as they can, but again at this time there is nothing further they can release about this active police investigation.Copyright 2015 WJHL. All rights reserved. 

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