Saturday, March 12, 2016

‘It’s very disconcerting’: Mother reacts to sexual assault allegations at N.S. junior high

The mother of a student at Five Bridges Junior High School in Hubley, N.S., is upset with the way she learned of an alleged sex-related offence at the school involving a teacher.

Heather Coholan says she discovered over Facebook that 36-year-old Sarah Allt Harnish was charged with sexual assault and sexual interference involving a student.

"I hadn't heard anything prior to that,” said Coholan. “It's very disconcerting to hear that about a school where your child goes every day, where you think they're safe."

Officers say they were notified of inappropriate contact with the student on Feb. 5.

Police declined to provide the age or gender of the young person involved, but say the student attends Five Bridges Junior High School where the accused teaches.

Harnish will appear in Halifax provincial court on May 3 to face the charges.

Coholan says she would have liked to have received some sort of notice from the school first.

"I just didn't like the way I found out about it,” she said. “I would have liked to had a warning about it."  (more...)


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