Thorburn Consolidated School

RCMP are investigating alleged misconduct by a teacher at Thorburn Consolidated School. (

A public school teacher in Pictou County has been pulled from the classroom for alleged misconduct and is now the subject of an investigation by the RCMP.

RCMP Cpl. Andrew Joyce said Thursday that police were contacted about the teacher this week by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

"The investigation is in the preliminary stage," he said. "It's too early even to determine whether or not a criminal offence has occurred."

Neither the school board nor the police are releasing any details of the allegations against the teacher at Thorburn Consolidated School, a Primary to Grade 9 school in Thorburn, east of New Glasgow.

The teacher is on paid administrative leave.

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is refusing to release details of its investigation, but suggested what it found warranted being turned over to police.

"Generally speaking, when we conduct an investigation, if we feel that there's any evidence that we uncover that would warrant RCMP or police involvement, then we definitely turn that evidence over to the RCMP or the police," said Debbie Buott-Matheson, a spokeswoman with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.