Ravenswood Educators Face Criminal Charges

By: Andrea Wilcox
By: Andrea Wilcox

A victory party earlier this year in Ravenswood has three adults, including two educators, facing criminal charges.

The two teachers have been removed from the classroom and all three are charged with aiding teen drinking, and could face time behind bars.

Ravenswood resident Mark Thompson says, "I think it's wrong that an adult would be contributing to minors."

Resident Christina Kent says, "I don't know a lot of the details. I don't know a lot of the facts, but if what they say is true, then I hope they take care of it."

It seems there are few in Ravenswood who haven't heard of the infamous party held at the home of Amy Wolfe last March.

Inside the house were three adults, at least 25 students, and prosecutors say plenty of alcohol.

Jackson County prosecutor Shannon Baldwin says, "According to the adults, they basically just tried to have a gathering, then all these kids showed up, and it kind of got out of hand."

Now the adults, Amy Wolfe, Vanessa Carte and Jennifer Roush, are facing four counts each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Carte is a teacher's aide within the Jackson County school district. Roush is a math teacher Ravenswood High School. While they only face charges surrounding the teen drinking, police statements reveal sexual misconduct may also have taken place.

Baldwin says, "The only thing we do have information on is that one of the individuals, Ms. Roush, was kissing a couple of boys and that's not a crime under the state code."

While it's not a criminal issue, Baldwin says it might be a topic for the school board.

Superintendent Blaine Hess says, "We have to weight the employee's rights of being innocent until the court makes a determination as well as weighing the decisions you have as the superintendent of schools to provide an appropriate place for students to go to school."

The get together, also known as the "Party on Purdy" was held on Purdy Street last March after a basketball championship.

Following a meeting Thursday afternoon, Jennifer Roush and Vanessa Carte are still employed within the school district, but the superintendent says steps have been taken to remove them from the students until the situation is resolved.

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