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Field trip investigation is closed

The Baltimore Sun

No charges will be filed relating to an investigation of a Shipley's Choice Elementary School field trip in which students were allegedly stripped and searched for ticks, Anne Arundel County police said.

"Our investigation is closed," Cpl. Mark Shawkey, a county police spokesman, said yesterday. "There was no criminal intent found, and no criminal charges have been placed."

About 80 third-graders and 30 adult chaperones and teachers had gone to Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center in Millersville for an overnight trip April 26-27. School officials received complaints that adults had forced students to take off their clothes to check for ticks, insects that carry Lyme disease.

County police investigated the allegations.

County school officials transferred Shipley's Choice principal Linda M. Ferrara to the Board of Education's central offices after the complaints, though had not gone on the trip. An interim Principal, Lou Kamm, was appointed at the elementary school in Millersville.

School system spokesman Bob Mosier said he could discuss why Ferrara is no longer working at Shipley's Choice, saying it was part of an "internal investigation" that involved confidential personnel matters.

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