MIDDLE TOWNSHIP - Township school Superintendent Michael Kopakowski said Thursday that a Middle Township High School staff member had been suspended, but he would not comment on who the staff member is or the reason behind the suspension.

"There are a lot of rumors going around the school," Kopakowski said, acknowledging that talk of the situation had spread around the district.

He said he could not discuss details of the situation, including whether the staff member was male or female.

"Whenever we hear of allegations of inappropriate relationships, we take it very seriously," he said of the matter, declining to discuss details.

But he added that "we must remember all people are innocent until proven guilty."

Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor said Thursday he had no comment when asked about an investigation at the high school.

The high school, which houses grades nine to 12, has 850 students.

Graduation is scheduled for June 24.

Local news editor at the Press of Atlantic City. SUNY Geneseo and Syracuse University grad. New Jersey transplant.