Primrose School of Ballantyne just lost its license after an ‘inappropriate touching’ investigation into one of its teachers.
On Monday, CMPD arrested Joseph Starnes for inappropriately touching two boys. More charges were filed on Wednesday against Starnes when other victims came forward.
According to a notice sent out to parents from the school, the NC Department of Early Education has now decided to suspend the license for at least 30 days depending on the appeal process.
Officials determined that Primrose no longer a safe environment for children and that emergency action is required to protect the health, safety and welfare of all children.
In addition to this investigation, there have also been over a dozen state violations at the Primrose School of Ballantyne since 2014, including;
- Staff members grabbed children by the arm
- A child’s arm was injured when two staff members changed the child’s diaper
- A staff member was suspected of being under the influence while caring for children
- On two separate occasions, a staff member slapped a 1-year-old child in the face
- Children were left unsupervised on the outside playground