MASSILLON, Ohio —
A former cafeteria worker with the Massillon City School District is under investigation for allegedly having sex with male high school students at Washington High School.
According to Superintendent Rick Goodright, a teacher became suspicious during lunch.
“One of our employees thought that something wasn’t quite awry last Friday. They talked to some of the kids and found out there might be something going on and reported that immediately,” said Goodright.
The Massillon Police Department immediately launched an investigation.
“We have interviewed a number of kids, in excess of probably about 20,” said Detective Bobby Grizzard.
Police say all the alleged victims are male high school students.
“The ages of these kids range from 15 and up. And the grades range from ninth grade up to 12th grade,” added Grizzard.
Police say the alleged inappropriate behavior even took place in the lunch line.
“They would know to go through a certain line at lunch. And um, she seemed to get a lot of attention from these boys. So, it sort of was a hang-out for these kids,” said Grizzard.
According to Superintendent Goodright, the district put the woman on paid leave Friday after the allegations first came to light.
“She is no longer an employee. She resigned,” said Goodright.
According to the Superintendent, the board accepted that resignation at a school board meeting Wednesday night.
“Any children who may have come in contact, negatively, we’ve contacted their parents and had them in. We’ve also talked to the students individually,” added Goodright.
So far, the woman has not been charged.
Police and the school district are not releasing her name or age until she is formally charged.
Police say they are looking at the possibility of even more victims dating back two school years ago.
“You have a situation where you have an adult who obviously influenced these children, that is in a position where they should be protecting children–not things that are adverse to these kids,” added Detective Grizzard.
Massillon police say the woman also worked at Perry Local School District. So far, no victims reported there.