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Vt. education secretary reminds of mandatory reporting

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Martha Tucker Martha Tucker
Noah Noyes Noah Noyes
BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The state's education secretary is reminding school officials to report any allegations of child abuse on campus.

The lawyer for Caledonia Central Superintendent Martha Tucker says there were discrepancies in a student's claims that she was groped by a teacher and Tucker did not have to turn the case over to police. Police say Tucker and Danville School Principal Noah Noyes failed to tell authorities within 24 hours and launched their own investigation.

But Vt. Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca says when there's any question report it and let the Vt. Department of Children and Families decide.

"Always being careful not to ruin someone's name or reputation, but at the same time, ultimately the goal of all of us is to make sure that kids are in a safe, secure environment and we protect them," Vilaseca said. "So, my advice is when in doubt, report."

Noyes' lawyers also want for the case to be dropped. Both Tucker and Noyes are still on the job.

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