Mercerville Elementary School Teacher Charged with providing a 13-year-old boy with vodka, vape pens..
Hamilton Township , N.J. (PBN) A fifth-grade teacher at Mercerville Elementary School in Hamilton has been arrested and charged with one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri announced Wednesday.
Jennifer Debiec, 39, of Bordentown, was arrested on Tuesday following an investigation conducted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit.
Debiec is accused of providing a 13-year-old boy with vodka, vape pens and THC drops for approximately two and a half years.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the prosecutor’s SVU at (609) 989-6568.
“The school district was made aware of a police investigation of a teacher employed by the school district. As a result of the information gathered, the school district took immediate action to suspend the individual and issued a termination of employment notice in accordance with the employee’s contract.
Our district fully cooperated, and will continue to do so as long as needed, with the Hamilton Township Police Department and the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office to assist them with their investigation.
The alleged incident is so far removed from the expectations we have for professional and personal conduct of an employee. And they go against our primary responsibility of providing our students with a safe environment. We have no tolerance for any actions that harm or could potentially harm our students.
All employees go through a background check which includes fingerprinting through the state, instructional certification through the state, interviews, reference checks, and professional development on professional expectations. It is imperative that our community contact a school employee or district administrator when they recognize or believe there is a problem or they have a concern.”