CONWAY, Ark. – Parents in Conway are demanding answers after it was revealed a Conway teacher had been arrested for sexually harassing children.
33-year-old Jesse Sublett was arrested by Conway Police Friday evening for “engaging children in sexually explicit conduct and harassment.” Sublett is a construction trades teacher for 10th through 12th graders at Conway High School.
Police have yet to say what led to the arrest.
The announcement sent shockwaves through the Conway community; with many parents saying the school should have been more transparent.
The Conway Public Schools District posted on their Facebook page Saturday morning saying an “employee” had been arrested that previous night. It did not initially include the name of the employee or spell out if the employee was a teacher.
For many worried parents including Conway mom Shelby Price, the immediate goal was finding out who this person was and what they had done.
“I was in shock,” Price remembers when she first heard the news. “We had to go on websites to kind of pick out who it could be…we didn’t know if our children have been in contact with this person.”
She says she doesn’t necessarily blame the school district for Sublett’s actions but hopes from now on they will be firmer with background checks and picking up on warning signs that a student could be in danger.
“For us as parents to put our trust in the school district,” said price, “that also means to put our trust in the employees that they choose to hire.”
The Conway School District also posted that Sublett is currently suspended and they are working with police in this investigation. They add that the safety of students has always been top priority.