A solemn day at Bath Schools Friday as teachers and students try to cope with the news that one of their own takes his life.
Bath Superintendent Dale Lewellen tells Your News Now that they have mobilized counseling services on the school campus to support students and staff. Thursday afternoon, 35-year-old Jeremy Winegardner committed suicide shortly after submitting his resignation to the school board. Winegardner was a fifth grade math teacher and the head coach for the boys soccer team. He had worked for the school system for 12 years.
Lewellen does confirm that the board was looking into allegations concerning Winegardner but would not go into detail. The Allen County Sheriff's Department also confirms allegations had been made against Winegardner. Chief Deputy Jim Everett with the Allen County Sheriff's office confirms that Children Services received a complaint at the beginning of the week and turned it in to the sheriff's office. Everett says detectives began looking in to the case. It involved inappropriate texting with a male high school student. As of Friday, detectives have not found anything criminal in the investigation.
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