GOUVERNEUR — More details have emerged in the case against two Gouverneur women, both employed by the Gouverneur Central School District, who allegedly provided alcohol to several high school students in November of last year.
In February, Nancy A. Hay, 48, of 154 Peabody Road, and her daughter, Lacy A. Redmond, 26, of John Street, were each charged with five counts of first-degree unlawful dealing with a child for allegedly providing alcohol to several underage students Nov. 8.
Ms. Hay is a biology teacher for grades 7 to 12; Ms. Redmond was a teaching assistant at the middle school.
According to court documents, several students — mostly members of the Gouverneur Central High School cheer team — testified that they drank alcohol at Ms. Hay’s house on multiple occasions.
The most lengthy testimony comes from a senior, whose name is redacted in the court documents provided to the Times, and was given on Jan. 12 .
The senior says that she had class with Ms. Hay and began visiting her home after becoming friends with a foreign exchange student whom Ms. Hay was hosting. Around Nov. 8, the unnamed student testified that they visited Ms. Hay’s house.
“We were all hanging out and at some point Lacy volunteered to go buy us alcohol,” said the senior in her testimony. “We each gave Lacy $3.00 (sic) for the alcohol … with the exception of (redacted in the original) we all began playing drinking games.”
According to the testimony, Ms. Redmond provided some Mike’s Hard Ale and Red Apple Ale, and one student had a bottle of tequila.
“Nancy and her boyfriend, John, were upstairs while we were in the basement drinking,” the senior testified. “Nancy knew we were drinking. John did too, and he became upset about it, but Nancy talked him into letting us. We were told the rules were ‘no one comes over and no one leaves.’”
Apparently at least two students wound up getting sick and vomiting that night.
The senior detailed three other occasions where the group of students drank at Ms. Hay’s house with her knowledge, including on New Year’s Eve.
Eventually the senior had a falling out with the others on the cheer team and eventually quit.
“I had no intentions of discussing any of this with anyone until Nancy Hay pulled me out of class on January 10, 2018,” the senior testified. “Nancy was very rude … Nancy said that she had been hearing I was going to talk to Mr. Bush (the athletic director) about people drinking at her house. I told her that had not even occurred to me. She then told me I need to think about things because I was ruining (redacted in the original) experience here and that I would be putting her job and her livelihood at risk.”
According to testimony from the senior and Richard R. Haynes, the chorus teacher at the high school, the senior visited Mr. Haynes’s classroom after Ms. Hay spoke to her. The senior was crying hard.
“Eventually she told me Nancy Hay had pulled her out of her Biology class and questioned her about telling Mr. Bush, the Athletic Director, about girls drinking at her house,” Mr. Haynes testified. “She told me she was upset because Nancy had talked to her about this in school. Also, she felt Nancy was using her position as a teacher to sort of bully her.”
The court documents filed against Ms. Hay include three other statements from students about the drinking. The court filings in Ms. Redmond’s case include the unnamed senior’s testimony and testimony from one other student.
The Times reported the charges when Ms. Hay and Ms. Redmond were charged in February, but at the time state police declined to provide details.
Superintendent Lauren French said that Ms. Hay is still an employee of the district, while Ms. Redmond submitted her resignation, which the Board of Education accepted.
“We don’t comment on ongoing personnel issues,” Ms. French said when asked for more information.