Russell Middle School

FLATWOODS Police arrested a teacher at Russell Middle School Wednesday, school authorities said in a statement signed by Superintendent Sean Horne.

Derrick Elliott was arrested at the school, Horne said.

He was booked into the Greenup County Detention Center that afternoon, a deputy jailer said.

Elliott is no longer employed by the school and will not be permitted to return to district property, the statement said.

Police have been unavailable to specify charges against Elliott and Horne would not say what the charges are.

The charges are related to “inappropriate behavior” involving students, Horne said. Horne was meeting with police and middle school staffers Wednesday.

He declined to provide further details and would not say how the allegations surfaced. “We’re kind of in shock right now and trying to handle it the best we can,” he said.

“We take these matters very seriously and the safety of our students continues to be our top priority,” the statement said.

School records show Elliott was on the middle school’s council as recently as 2018. He also has been coach for the science olympiad team.

His name is not in the district’s online staff directory and it is unclear what teaching position he held.

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