ONLY ON 13: Rensselaer police investigating incident between student & employee at high school

Rensselaer police investigate incident at high school

Sources say the incident allegedly involved physical contact between a female student and a male staffer at Rensselaer Junior/Senior High School

Rensselaer Police are investigating an alleged incident between a student and a staff member in the Rensselaer City School District.

Rensselaer Deputy Police Chief John Mooney said a report was filed, but he is not releasing information on the case because it’s still open.

However, 13Investigates did receive information on the incident from sources. Those sources say the incident allegedly involved physical contact between a female student and a male staffer at Rensselaer Jr./Sr. High School.

It happened within the last two weeks.

13Investigates does have more details on the alleged incident but is holding off on sharing it as we work to confirm it. 

Tessa Bentulan reached out to superintendent, Joe Kardash of Rensselaer City schools this morning by email and by phone.

Superintendent Kardash emailed back just after he posted a statement on the district’s website at 3 p.m.

Kardash told 13Investigates to refer to the statement intended for the school community:

“I’m reaching out to let you know that last week, Rensselaer Jr./Sr. The high school administration received a complaint from a student that included allegations about one of our staff members. Per our policies and district protocol, we immediately began investigating and took additional steps necessary to ensure the well-being of all those involved. Creating a safe and supportive learning environment is of utmost importance to the district and we are taking the allegations seriously. Due to the nature of the allegations and the ongoing investigation, the confidentiality of all involved is critical and more details cannot be shared at this time. We understand that this may create uncertainty and thank you for your patience while we complete our thorough investigation. If there are specific questions or concerns related to your child, please contact my office.”

This allegation comes about eight months after 13Investigates first reported about a relationship application given to a high school student, by the Assistant Principal at Rensselaer High.

On the form, it asked the student who they planned to date and whether it would “cause drama” if the romantic relationship ended.

At the time the story aired, the district said it discontinued the use of the relationship application.

This is a developing story, when 13investigates confirms some of the alleged details of the incident, it will be reported.