Teaticket School Plans Forum to Address Parent Concerns

The Teaticket Elementary School will hold a forum tomorrow evening to address parental concerns related to an incident last Monday morning in which Falmouth Police arrested a sex offender behind the 7-Eleven on Teaticket Highway, near the path that leads to the school.

Police were called following complaints about individuals loitering in the woods behind the store and witnessed some individuals smoking marijuana. Police subsequently arrested 30-year-old Jahar Pinkett of Rose Morin Lane, Falmouth, on a warrant from a Boston court for failing to register as a sex offender. He faces an additional charge for failing to register as a sex offender in Falmouth.

This morning Superintendent of Schools Bonny L. Gifford noted that Monday's arrest occurred after her office had contacted police following complaints from parents that there had been several people suspected of camping out behind the convenience store near the Teaticket School. "I had contacted the police to see if they could help," she said. "What prompted this was that we were addressing the concerns parents had." 

Following Monday's incident Dr. Gifford said that school administrators held a meeting with faculty that included the director of pupil personnel services Nancy R. Taylor and Police Chief Edward A. Dunne. "We wanted to let them know there was no emergency and wanted to make sure they heard it from us because of the way rumors and things get out," Dr. Gifford said. 

Additionally, school principal Susan Driscoll sent a letter home to parents alerting them to last Monday’s police matter although details were vague. “Even though the incident itself was determined not to be a danger to the school, the police have again increased the frequency of their patrols and the staff continues to be vigilant,” she wrote. “We recognize that this information causes considerable questions and concerns.”

As a result, she invited parents to tomorrow night’s forum at 6:30 when they will have the opportunity to ask questions and have their concerns addressed. 

 

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