Kiona-Benton City School District opens investigations into misconduct

The decision to investigate these allegations comes after concerned parents held protests to raise awareness.
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BENTON CITY, Wash. — An investigation is being opened by the Kiona-Benton City School District’s Board of Directors regarding allegations of misconduct over several years.

According to an emergency alert issued by the Kiona-Benton City School District, Superintendent Pete Peterson has been directed to open an investigation into “any and all reports of alleged misconduct made by parents or staff to administrators over the past several years.”

The intention of this investigation is to determine whether the board followed proper policies in previous events of misconduct. They will also verify whether appropriate action was taken and communicated back to individuals who reported these alleged instances of misconduct.

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Parents recently held protests regarding alleged misconduct by staff members at schools under the Kiona-Benton City School District’s jurisdiction. By holding these protests, parents drew further attention to issues that they didn’t feel were being properly addressed for a number of years.

Specifics regarding the kind of misconduct that took place within the school district has not been confirmed by local officials.

This is a developing story. A follow-up article will be published with further information once the school district completes its investigation and reveals further details on its findings.

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