Nicaea Academy releases statement after being cleared by DCF

Matt Grant

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Nicaea Academy releases statement after being cleared by DCF

CREATED Jan. 8, 2013

CAPE CORAL - A day after the Department of Children and Families ended their investigation into the Nicaea Academy, Cape Coral Police announced they too have wrapped up their investigation.

On Monday, DCF announced they had closed their investigation into the Cape Coral Christian daycare. The state's two month investigation cleared Nicaea of physical and sexual abuse allegations.

However, Nicaea was slapped with two written warnings by DCF for "inadequate supervision" and for creating a "serious safety hazard" in relation to a case where a teacher propped open a broken window with a broom stick and a child broke her finger.

Cape Coral Police say they have completed their investigation into an complaint that a girl fractured her arm when a teacher tried to break up a fight.

Police referred the case to DCF and said they did not find any charges to pursue.

Nicaea Academy sent Fox 4 a statement that said, in part, "the teacher that commenced the complaints is the very teacher who allowed the warning violations. This employee is no longer employed at Nicaea Academy."

Nicaea Academy statement

"Nicaea Academy would like to thank the community of Cape Coral for allowing us the opportunity to make this statement. Our school is fully licensed by DCF and all preschool and elementary classrooms are under 24 hour recorded video surveillance and were under this same surveillance at the time of the allegations.

Nicaea Academy has fully cooperated with the investigations from Department of Children and Families (DCF) as well as the Cape Coral Police Department (CCPD). The results of these investigations have “CLEARED” Nicaea Academy of Cape Coral of any and all wrong doings. Interesting enough the teacher that commenced the complaints is the very teacher who allowed the warning violations. This employee is no longer employed at Nicaea Academy of Cape Coral.

We would like to again to express our gratitude to the staff, teachers and families that supported us during this time."

Matt Grant
mgrant@fox4now.com

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