Northridge High School teacher Kristen D. Grow appeared in court on Thursday charged with a third-degree felony of sexual battery.
Grow, of Pleasant Valley Road, Newark, teaches English. Her employer, The Northridge Local School District, informed parents last week about an alleged inappropriate relationship between her and a former student.
Superintendent Scott Schmidt wrote to families, saying:
“It saddens me to inform you that Mrs. Grow, one of our high school English teachers, has been charged with sexual battery because of an inappropriate relationship with a former student. This type of behavior has no place in education and certainly is not tolerated here at Northridge Local Schools. We care about our students and their safety is our top priority.
Schmidt went on to say: “Because of the ongoing criminal matter and student privacy rights under state and federal law, we cannot go into further details at this time.”
In his letter, Schmidt told parents that the school district had given its full co-operation to the Licking County Sheriff’s Office investigation, placed Grow on leave until she can be fired, and prohibited her from entering school ground or having contacts with students and staff.
The district also revoked Grow’s email, building access, and filed a report with the Ohio Department of Education.
“This is an unfortunate incident that is outraging to us all,” Schmidt told parents in his letter. “Yet it is not indicative of a Northridge Local Schools education or our core of teachers.”