Pineville Elementary principal, asst. principal return to work after incident involving 8-year-old

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Two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees who were suspended after an 8-year-old girl was reportedly touched by another student on the playground have returned to work.

Brian Doerer, principal, and Kathryn Trotter, assistant principal, at Pineville Elementary returned to work Dec. 18 following the conclusion of an internal personnel review, according to CMS.

Doerer and Trotter were suspended with pay following an incident on Nov. 7 involving an 8-year-old girl an 8-year-old boy and possibly another male student while on the playground.

"All employees cooperated fully in the thorough review. Teaching and learning by teachers, staff and students at Pineville Elementary continued uninterrupted during the review and Pineville Elementary families were notified of the conclusion of the review through phone calls from district leadership," CMS said in a statement.

According to Pineville police, the incident involved potentially inappropriate touching on the outer area of the student's clothing.

The girl's mother told FOX 46 she was upset by the way the administration handled the incident, and called for the principal's resignation.

The mom said she received a call from Principal Doerer saying that there had been an incident with her child in which two boys reportedly pinned her down, pulled her pants down and touched her inappropriately. 

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She immediately went to the school to pick up her daughter, and began questioning the principal.

"He couldn't give me information if the little boy was going to be back at the school or not, he couldn't give me information as to why the parent wasn't there when I got there. He couldn't really give me nothing besides 'we're taking care of it,'" she said.