Laurie Lacy, the principal of Edison Elementary in Salt Lake City, Utah, has been placed on leave after it was revealed she allegedly told a child to pull down their pants while sitting in her office.
Along with Edison Elementary removing Lacy from the school, police have launched an investigation following the incident. The Utah Department of Children and Family Services is also involved in the situation.
While the entire details of what exactly happened are still murky, early reports indicate that an unidentified little boy was told to pull down his pants as part of a punishment handed down by Lacy.
Via Fox 13:
Detective Greg Wilking with Salt Lake City Police said the incident took place on April 7.
The source told Fox 13 that a teacher brought the student, a refugee they thought to be in the first grade, to Lacy’s office after the student kept pulling his pants down during school.
Lacy told the student to take his pants off in her office, the source said. The student had no underwear on, the source explained, and Lacy forced him to sit half-naked in a chair in the corner of her office.
Lacy provided Fox with the following comment:
“Thank you for the opportunity. I am not able to comment at this time. When I am permitted to do so I can give you statement.”
Jason Olsen, a spokesman for the Salt Late City School District, also released a statement:
“The district was made aware of the allegations involving the principal at Edison Elementary several days ago and immediately started a comprehensive investigation, including placing the principal on leave. We are also fully cooperating with police in their investigation.”
Olsen also stated that the school district is cooperating with local law enforcement and has no further comment.