MANCHESTER — A Hillside Middle School math teacher has been placed on leave and is under investigation following a minor accident with parked cars outside the school Wednesday evening, officials said.
Debra McCullough has been placed on administrative leave, said Manchester schools Superintendent John Goldhardt on Thursday.
According to Manchester police, McCullough was driving a car that struck two others parked outside Hillside. An open house for parents was taking place at the time. Police said the damage amounted to scratches and dents, and McCullough told police she wasn’t aware she had struck anything.
“The officer spoke with McCullough and observed her behavior and ultimately felt she was not impaired,” police said. They cited her for conduct after an accident and she is due in Manchester District Court on Oct. 23.
“The summons was in lieu of a traditional arrest, so that she did not have to be handcuffed in front of parents and children,” said Heather Hamel, the spokesman for city police.
The alleged incident did not involve any students and a substitute teacher is in place, Goldhardt said.
Grant Bosse, spokesman for the Department of Education, said they are aware of the incident involving McCullough and are investigating.