Mims teacher in inappropriate touching among students cleared of wrongdoing
No charges will be filed against a Mims Elementary teacher who supervised a kindergarten classroom where district officials say students engaged in “inappropriate touching.”
Brevard County deputies launched an investigation in early March to determine if Rebekah Harm was criminally negligent for not reporting the inappropriate behavior.
“After consultation with the State Attorney’s Office, where all evidence and facts of the case were reviewed, the SAO advised that there was insufficient evidence to support a prosecution in this case,” BCSO spokeswoman Deputy Maria Fernez wrote in an email to Local 6 news partner Florida Today.
Harm, a first-year teacher, resigned because of performance issues, school officials said. She quit before the Florida Department of Children and Families notified the district it was conducting an investigation of the students’ behavior.
School district officials said the touching was only between students and went on for more than a month. Additional teaching resources and counseling have been made available to students and their parents.