Cherokee Nation Head Start teacher placed on administrative leave
TAHLEQUAH – A Cherokee Nation Head Start teacher has been placed on administrative leave pending an allegation of physical abuse.
A report was made to Department of Human Services on Jan. 10. CN administration officials were made aware of the report by DHS on Jan. 13, and the teacher was placed on administrative leave on Jan. 15.
CN marshals have been conducting an internal investigation and the CN is awaiting DHS findings.
“The Cherokee Nation, and this administration, take these allegations very seriously. We reached out to the family right after the teacher was placed on leave, and we’ve also dedicated resources to protecting our youngest tribal citizens,” Chief of Staff Todd Enlow said.
CN officials said the tribe is offering behavioral health counseling assistance to the family. Security cameras are now installed at Cherokee Nation Head Start.
“Our administration is also ensuring that all security cameras at all Cherokee Nation Head Starts across the 14 counties are up and working properly,” Enlow said. “The Cherokee Nation is adamant that protecting our children is of the utmost importance.”