Gouverneur Teacher, Ex Teaching Assistant Accused Of Letting Students Drink AlcoholPosted: Updated:
The drinking parties allegedly happened at 154 Peabody Road in Gouverneur. According to court documents, there were five drinking parties held there in November and December involving members of the Gouverneur High School cheerleading team.
Charged is 48 year old Nancy Hay, a Gouverneur High School science teacher. Also charged is Hay's 26 year old daughter, Lacy Redmond, who was a teaching assistant in the school district.
Both women were charged in February with five counts of unlawfully dealing with a child.
According to court papers, Redmond bought the drinks once while Hay set the rules.
One witness told police Hay "yelled down to the basement that she was home and we knew the rules, which were 'no one comes over and no one leaves.'"
A witness described a group of students giving "Lacy $3 a piece (sic). Lacy brought back cans of Mike's in a box. She did this so Nancy wouldn't get in trouble. Nancy knew she was buying for them."
One witness described playing drinking games in the basement.
"Nancy and her boyfriend, John, were upstairs while we were in the basement drinking. Nancy knew we were drinking. John did too, and he became upset about it, but Nancy talked him into letting us," the witness said in court papers.
The witness said that on another occasion, she told other students at Hay's house that she didn't feel like drinking alcohol, which led to her being ostracized.
The girl claimed Hay pulled her out of class. Hay allegedly told the girl, whom she suspected of telling others about the parties, that she needed to think about things and "I would be putting her job and her livelihood at risk."
The girl said she was crying in her next class and confided in another teacher. "It was never my intention to get anyone in trouble, but I really felt like my teacher (Hay) abused her power over me with this situation. This really worried me."
Court papers show the principal eventually found out about what was going on and apparently notified police.
School Superintendent Lauren French confirmed Hay is an employee but declined to say whether she is suspended. French confirmed the school district accepted Lacy Redmond's resignation. Hay could not be reached for comment.
Hay and Redmond first appeared in Gouverneur Town Court in March. They are scheduled to next appear before a judge on May 9.