An ongoing federal criminal investigation involving a local assistant principal prompted Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) officers to visit Morgan County High School (MCHS) last week.
After officers were seen on school grounds, the Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) released the following statement.
“We were made aware of allegations regarding an assistant principal in the Morgan County School District by law enforcement,” said Dr. James Woodard, superintendent of Morgan County schools. “We take the safety of our students seriously and have taken action we deem appropriate. The school administrator will not be present at school. As a personnel matter, it is the district’s practice not to discuss the specifics in public.”
A similar statement was sent out to parents from Woodard earlier in the week.
“Allegations regarding a high school administrator have been brought to our attention. We are working collaboratively with law enforcement concerning these allegations. Therefore, the employee will not be at work during the course of the investigation,” wrote Woodard.
HSI, a division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), would not comment on the nature of the investigation, but did confirm agents were sent to MCHS as part of the investigation.
“I can confirm that we were at that location but cannot comment on the reasons that prompted us to be there,” said Bryan Cox, a spokesperson for HSI. “No criminal charges have been filed at this time, no arrests have been made, and therefore as an agency policy, we cannot discuss any of the particulars of the investigation.”
However, Cox noted that ICE does not only deal with illegal immigrants.
“We do not just track the illegal immigration of people, but the illegal immigration of things,” said Cox. “Our branch of law enforcement deals with any criminal act that involves the cross-border movement of people or goods.”
According to Cox, examples of such acts include: weapons trafficking, drug smuggling, sex trafficking, and Internet crime.