Middlesex Borough Teacher Charged with Criminal Mischief, Destruction of School Property
Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Matthew P. Geist of the Middlesex Police Department announced that an elementary school teacher and union representative for a borough school was arrested today and charged with criminal mischief and destruction of school property. According to authorities, Kayla R. McDonald, 30, of Scotch Plains, a ESL teacher at the Parker Elementary School and union representative, was arrested and charged with one count of criminal mischief in the third degree and one count of causing or risking widespread injury or damage in the fourth degree for damages she caused to the school. Police in Middlesex began their investigation after an employee reported damage to the school. An investigation by Detective Daniel McCue of the Middlesex Police Department determined that McDonald caused damage to the public-address system, as well as to the gas, electrical, and water utility systems at the school. Officials say McDonald was hired by the school district in 2012 and has been a teacher at the Parker Elementary School since 2014. The investigation is going and continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective McCue at (732) 356-1900 ext. 312. Police say McDonald is scheduled to appear in New Brunswick Superior Court for an initial court appearance on November 15, 2018. As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Mc Donald are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.