A Broadneck High School teacher was removed from her classes and relieved of her coaching duties on Thursday while school officials conduct an investigation into a "student safety" matter.
English teacher and girls basketball coach Erin Thorne will be replaced in the classroom by a substitute, and former basketball coach Bruce Springer will take over Thorne's coaching responsibilities.
"When issues such as these come to our attention, we take measures and steps to protect our students and at the same time preserve the rights of our employees," said Bob Mosier, spokesman for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
Basketball tryouts started Thursday, and Mosier said the school anticipates the tryouts and the season will go on as planned.
Mosier could not discuss the specifics of the investigation except to say that it is ongoing and that Thorne has been temporarily reassigned pending the investigation's outcome.
"I fully realize that any number of rumors are likely to begin swirling about this matter," wrote David Smith, Broadneck High School's principal, in a letter to parents. "I urge you as parents to talk with your child and do everything you can to allow this investigation to proceed as quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly as possible."
Smith wrote in his letter that he will consult with the Office of Investigations and other officials in the coming weeks to determine whether they need to find a long-term replacement for Thorne.
She has been a teacher at Broadneck since 2009.
Editor's note: This headline was updated to clarify that the school system, and not Broadneck High, is conducting an investigation.