Teacher investigated after reports of kindergartners' 'inappropriate touching' at Mims Elementary School

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Mims, FL (Florida Today) -- A Mims Elementary school teacher is under investigation after officials were notified of "inappropriate touching" that went on between kindergartners in her classroom.

School district officials said the behavior was between several students and went on for months.

"There is no reason pursuant to the information law enforcement gave us last night to believe there was criminal behavior by kindergartners," district security director Andrea Alford said during this morning's press conference. "It was more of a situation of young kids acting in a particular way behaviorally."

Officials met with parents late Wednesday to discuss the situation.

"They were obviously upset to hear there was something going on," district spokeswoman Michelle Irwin said. There are 16 students in the classroom.

Brevard County Sheriff's officials are investigating whether the inaction of the teacher - who per district policy should have reported any suspected abuse - warrants criminal charges.

"We can't release anything else right now because it is an ongoing investigation," Brevard County Sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Maria Fernez said.

Brevard Schools officials said the teacher was not involved in the inappropriate action.

The teacher resigned last week because of performance issues, Irwin said. FLORIDA TODAY has made a request to review the teacher's personnel file.

"We were dealing with her performance issues and then we learned of the investigation," Irwin said. This was the woman's first year teaching.

DCF contacted school district officials on March 1 after receiving information about the alleged inappropriate touching. A letter was sent home to parents on March 5, and counseling services have been made available. A "veteran" teacher and volunteer have been placed in the classroom, officials said.

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