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Sharyl Allen to plead not guilty

LawSharyl Allen to plead not guilty

“The DCI agents and other law enforcement officials involved were doing their jobs,” Knudsen’s office said in the statement. “The alleged comments made by Sharyl Allen regarding her relationship with the Attorney General and his staff were inappropriate. The Attorney General does not condone this type of behavior. This is an ongoing investigation by DCI.”

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office says it received a report on April 15 of verbal threats by a teacher against a member of Harrison School’s administration. 

“Based on the seriousness of the threats, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation into the allegations,” sheriff Duncan Hedges wrote in a statement posted on Facebook. “The teacher alleged to have made the threats was terminated on April 16, 2024. Contrary to information that has been relayed to students, parents and staff at the Harrison School, the MCSO did not conduct a threat assessment or order a lockdown of the school at any time.”

In the course of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office received additional information that alleged that the terminated teacher may have committed other criminal acts involving students. No students are accused of wrongdoing. Instead, they are being considered as possible victims of a crime or multiple crimes.

“Due to the seriousness of the allegations and the need for additional law enforcement resources, the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation was requested to assist in the investigation and are now the lead agency,” Hedges continued. “The DCI and MCSO are conducting interviews of students, teachers and staff in this ongoing criminal investigation.”

Hedges then said that if members of the public have any information regarding allegations of misconduct involving the terminated teacher, they can contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office or the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations.

Hedges has not returned a call from the Missoulian seeking comment or clarification on the situation.

Meanwhile, Allen’s tenure of less than one school year was the subject of a tense special meeting of the board of trustees for Harrison Public School on Monday afternoon.

The trustees were discussing a possible immediate action regarding the contract of employment for Allen, although Allen has already said she won’t return next year in order to take care of a family member. A person who was present at the meeting told the Missoulian that well over two dozen people spoke, and a few were concerned about how the teacher who is being investigated was vetted.

No decision about Allen’s contract was made at the meeting.

Allen has filed to run to replace current term-limited Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen, and will face fellow Republican Susie Hedalen in the primary election on June 4.

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