Broadneck High teacher reassigned amid investigation

An Anne Arundel County high school teacher and basketball coach has been reassigned amid an investigation that school officials have described as a matter involving student safety.

School officials said Friday that English teacher and girls basketball coach Erin Thorne has been reassigned from the school and relieved of her duties as coach while the investigation is underway. On Thursday the school system sent a letter from Broadneck Principal David Smith to parents.

"I fully realize that any number of rumors are likely to begin swirling about this matter, and I urge you as parents to talk with your child and do everything you can to allow this investigation to proceed as quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly as possible," Smith said in the letter. "To do anything contrary to that would not be in the best interests of our students."

Smith also said in the letter that because it is a personnel matter he and the school system could not discuss specifics.

Anne Arundel schools spokesman Bob Mosier said on Friday that the school system became aware of the issue earlier in the week.

"It involves a matter of student safety," he said.

Mosier added that he could not say where Thorne had been assigned.

Attempts to reach Thorne for comment late Friday were unsuccessful.

joseph.burris@baltsun.com

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