Cole Teacher Being Investigated for ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

by | Feb 6, 2023

Cole Middle School science teacher Adam Scott has been placed on paid administrative leave after allegations of inappropriate behavior surfaced, according to an email to the school community Monday (2/6/23) from School Supt. Brian Ricca. 

Scott has been a teacher in East Greenwich public schools since 1999, with his entire tenure spent at Cole. In addition to his teaching role, Scott has been involved in Unified Sports, coaching Unified teams first at Cole and more recently at EGHS.

The district has hired an independent investigator; Ricca declined to comment further. 

Here’s the emailed statement:

This statement below will serve as the district’s statement on this personnel matter. 

Adam Scott, a science teacher at Cole Middle School, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. The administration has received reports alleging inappropriate behavior. It is important to note that placing an employee on paid administrative leave is standard practice during an ongoing investigation, and it is not punitive or an indication of any wrongdoing. 

In keeping with privacy laws protecting the students and adults involved in the matter, no additional details will be provided about the case at this time.

Adam Scott at the ceremony naming Cole Middle School a Special Olympics Unified Champion Banner School in 2019.

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Former Student
Former Student
February 6, 2023 7:20 pm

Is this the same guy that climbed Mt Washington that one time?

February 6, 2023 9:09 pm
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February 10, 2023 7:43 pm

This is so sad. This is an absolutely lovely family that has had their reputation destroyed. Their children have babysat my special needs child, their mother is a teacher for underserved children, and the father has been a pivotal force in the educational and a Special Education community. I understand that the school system has a due diligence to investigate any allegations and I fully support this. I just hope that if/when they exonerate him that they ALSO will send out an email to every parent within our school system and that the news will follow that story with equal fervor.


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