Hall: Oberlin students not involved in Garlock’s porn charges


By Valerie Urbanik - vurbanik@civitasmedia.com



“No criminal activity occurred at the school with (Jacob) Garlock and any of our students,” said superintendent David Hall, responding to concerns related to the FBI’s investigation into the former first grade teacher at Eastwood Elementary School.

He released a statement Friday addressing the questions of residents after two parents spoke to the News-Tribune about Garlock, who has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

The 27-year-old will be sentenced Feb. 18 in U.S. District Court, Cleveland.

When the FBI informed educators Garlock was under investigation, he was placed on administrative leave Feb. 13 and then he resigned from the district, Hall said. FBI agents interviewed a few Oberlin parents at their homes related to the investigation.

“During a search of Garlock’s home, the FBI found inappropriate materials on a computer located at his residence,” Hall said. “The FBI, again, assured the district that our students were not involved in Garlock’s illegal activities.”

“I would like our community to know that the actions Mr. Garlock took are not a reflection of the hardworking and dedicated teaching and support staff we have here in Oberlin City Schools,” he said. “The district takes the emotional and physical safety of all our students very seriously.”

Hall said he understands there are concerns and his door is always open should anyone want to talk.

“We would like you to know that the district is currently evaluating our parent and community communication procedures, reinforcing our student awareness programs in the district, and providing teachers and administrators with additional child safety professional development,” Hall said.

The Oberlin Schools already have second step lessons, safe touch, and red flags training awareness programs at each school.

By Valerie Urbanik

vurbanik@civitasmedia.com

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