Danville, Vt.

Vermont school officials accused of failing to report child abuse

The principal and superintendent of a Vermont school have been cited on charges of failing to report child abuse and neglect of duty by a public officer. Police said the Department of Children and Families received a report on May 8 about a Danville High School student who was allegedly inappropriately touched two times by a Danville teacher on April 29. The incident was reported to principal Noah Noyes, who told superintendent Martha Tucker. But police said neither reported it to the DCF within 24 hours as required by law. Tucker’s lawyer said the allegations of misconduct were immediately investigated by the school and found to be unsubstantiated. Noah did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.