Parents frustrated with lack of answers over Maise E. Quinn employee allegations
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WLNE) — Parents across the district gathered at West Warwick High School Thursday Evening, to address the allegations of inappropriate touching at Maise E Quinn Elementary School. They were only told it’s an ongoing investigation.
“I understand it’s an investigation and they can’t disclose,” said West Warwick parent KellyAnne Coccia. “They told us nothing, they didn’t say anything that happened.”
ABC 6 Crews were not allowed inside the meeting, as staff guarded the front entrance.
Parents in the district were told in an email yesterday that the employee also worked at Greenbush Elementary, Wakefield Hills Elementary, and Warwick High School beginning in 2012.
Marcella Almeida, a parent of a Pre-K Maise E Quinn student, explained, “It’s scary to hear that he was around all of West Warwick schools. Parents are thinking, ‘well, he was there when my child was there, is there any chance that something happened?’ but it’s so far back. How are you going to know at this point?”
According to the Maise E Quinn’s website, the majority of students are delayed in emotional, verbal, educational, and other skills.
Almeida continued, “More than half of them are non-verbal. We want to make sure that there is something in place so that we know exactly who is caring for our children.”
In a letter to parents, the district superintendent explained that this multi-agency investigation includes West Warwick Police, WWSD, DCYF, and the Attorney General’s Office.