Cleveland Middle School teacher arrested

Schroll is accused of putting a camera in the girls' locker room

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) — On Tuesday, March 15, a Cleveland Middle School student found an electronic recording device discretely placed in the girls’ locker room.

After being notified by the student, school administrators quickly contacted CPD, who promptly began an investigation.

Within 24 hours, CMS eighth grade teacher Christopher Schroll, was identified and arrested.

“That’s a place where the middle school girls will go in and change for gym and different things for sports, different things they have,” said CPD PIO Evie West. “So, it’s especially concerning.”

Although Schroll has been arrested, West said the investigation is far from over.

She is concerned that his arrest may lead to the discovery of others who may have “reaped some consequences from a relationship with him as a teacher or mentor.”

“Maybe this is just the first step that he took into getting in that lifestyle,” West said. “I’m really hoping that that doesn’t come up to the surface and that we’re going to have people who have become victims of whatever he has chosen to do in the past. Maybe it’s not, but that’s what I’m hoping.”

West was grateful for the CMS student who reported the recording device to school officials, saying she displayed strength and “vigilance” in her actions.

“I really want to commend the student,” West said. “I think that’s really important that we really praise the student. Obviously, it was a female Cleveland Middle School student. That took a lot of bravery and a lot of trust to come to the administrators and say, ‘Hey, this is what I’ve found.'”

Cleveland City Schools released a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying, “our highest priority is the education, well-being, and protection of our students.”

Schroll has since been suspended from employment with the school district, who is working with CPD on the matter.

News 12 Now will continue to provide updates on this story as it develops.

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