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This York County elementary school principal was arrested, and officials didn’t tell parents

Kristin Renee Bolam was arrested on June 14 for assault and battery of a family member (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the York County School Division)
Kristin Renee Bolam was arrested on June 14 for assault and battery of a family member (WYDaily/ Courtesy of the York County School Division)

A York County elementary school principal was arrested for alleged assault and battery of a family member.

“I can confirm it is her,” said Jimmy Richardson, chairman of the school board for the York County School Division.

On May 3 at approximately 8 p.m., officers were called by a local doctor’s office about a juvenile who had scratches on his neck and a bruise on his leg after a family member allegedly assaulted him, Stephanie Williams, spokeswoman for the James City County Police Department, wrote in an email Wednesday.

Kristin Renee Bolam was charged with assault and battery of a family member on June 14 at 9:10 p.m., according to the James City County police report.

Bolam is the principal of Mt. Vernon Elementary School.

“She was gonna turn herself in and be put on administrative leave,” Richardson said, adding the leave is a paid one.

“The school division is aware of the situation involving Ms. Bolam,” said Katherine Goff, the division’s spokeswoman, adding the division’s policy regarding similar matters is the employee “self-reports” which is the case in this scenario.

As far as informing the school community, the parents, Goff said “no, we have not had communications with families at this time.”

She did not elaborate on why school officials did not let parents know about the arrest.

Goff said administrative leave for Bolam is pending and she told WYDaily to reach out to law enforcement or the courts for more information about the case.

Julia Marsigliano
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Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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