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SBI investigating Anderson crossing guard for handing alcohol to kids

The State Bureau of Investigation has confirmed it is investigating a crossing guard employed at Anderson Elementary School. (Google Photos)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The State Bureau of Investigation has confirmed it is investigating a crossing guard employed at Anderson Elementary School.

Sheri Baker, 63, was suspended from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, which employs the school crossing guards, on May 31. Baker, who has worked as a crossing guard since 2018, is not being paid, as she is an hourly employee. NHCSO spokesperson Lt. Jerry Brewer told Port City Daily the SBI was taking over the investigation.

Port City Daily reached out to the SBI on June 13 after the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office. It provided a response on Friday.

“On 6/3/24, the SBI received a request from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office to investigate a sheriff’s office employee accused of distributing alcohol to students while working as a crossing guard at Edwin A. Anderson Elementary School. No charges have been filed at this time. The SBI investigation remains ongoing. No additional information is available.”

Brewer told PCD that a police report was not filed on Baker and the sheriff’s office was informed via New Hanover County Schools, who was notified by parents.

PCD filed a public records request with NHCS for email or text complaints from parents to NHCS staff and board members; the request was not filled by press.


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