LITTLE RIVER-ACADEMY — Academy Independent School District Superintendent Billy Harlan said Tuesday the investigation into a teacher wasn’t criminal in nature.

However, it was “worthy of an administrative investigation at this point,” Harlan said.

A letter sent home with students Tuesday from Harlan said the person removed from campus was a special needs teacher, and the teacher was sent home “as we were made aware of an incident that occurred on campus” that allegedly involved the teacher.

The incident was serious enough for the district to look into it, according to Harlan.

“As with any investigation, it is not our intent to hide or conceal information from anyone,” he said. “It is our duty to protect all that are involved until the completion of the investigation.”

An Academy Elementary School teacher was put on paid administrative leave, he said Friday, but wouldn’t reveal her identity.

He told a Telegram reporter that the teacher had been with the district for three years.

A school resource officer removed the teacher from campus, Little River-Academy Police Chief Frank Poole confirmed.

Little River-Academy Mayor Drew Lanham heard rumors about the teacher’s identity, but wouldn’t discuss the incident.

“It doesn’t surprise me one bit,” Lanham said. “I think the safety of our kids in school should be protected.”