CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - School officials in Springboro have been releasing information during the past few days regarding the resignation of a physical education teacher. The latest news release identifies that teacher as John Austin Hopkins.
According to a recent letter sent to parents and guardians, school officials have been in contact with police regarding possible misconduct involving Hopkins. Hopkins was placed on paid leave as of March 8, and a letter of resignation was submitted earlier this week.
Hopkins taught first and sixth grade at both Clearcreek Elementary and Springboro Intermediate this school year, officials said.
According to The Blessing Law Firm, a victim in this case has sought legal help.
School officials say the district is cooperating with Springboro police during the investigation.
The most recent release reads, in part:
“Per an initial investigation by Springboro Schools, John Austin Hopkins was put on Paid Administrative Leave, effective March 8th, 2019. On March 12th, 2019, Mr. Hopkins submitted a letter of resignation, which was approved by the district’s Board of Education at a special board meeting held March 13th, 2019. Mr. Hopkins is no longer an employee of Springboro Schools. The Springboro Police Department and Springboro Schools are only investigating allegations at this point. However, any allegation is of the utmost concern. These allegations may implicate unprofessional conduct by Mr. Hopkins, which Springboro Schools takes very seriously.”