Mashpee Superintendent Disputes Charge of Trespassing



MASHPEE – The Mashpee Superintendent of Schools refutes a claim by the mother of a student that he came into her home uninvited in order to check the residency of the student.

The mother filed a complaint with the Mashpee Police Department saying Superintendent Brian Hyde trespassed into the home.

Hyde sent out a prepared statement explaining his side of the story. “Mashpee Public Schools has a student registration practice of completing a home visit to all new or returning students and confirming residency,”

Hyde wrote. “As a result of residency laws, school choice criteria, and regulations addressing the education of homeless students, the registration process for students is more complex and requires greater documentation than in the past.”

Hyde wrote the home visit that took place on Tuesday was part of a standard process “to help us determine whether our residency policy was being fulfilled in relation to the student.”

Hyde was accompanied on the home visit by the school resource officer.

“Contrary to the published reports, I did not enter the home uninvited. I was invited into the house and asked to view a room identified as the student’s bedroom. There was no bed and the room did not appear to me to be occupied. I did not enter the room although I was invited to do so,” he wrote.

Hyde said the visit lasted approximately five minutes.

As of Wednesday, the student in question was registered at Mashpee High School and attending classes.

“All necessary paperwork and records to complete the registration process have now been received,” he wrote.

Mashpee Police Chief Scott Carline said an investigation is ongoing on the incident. Once that investigation is completed, he said, police will bring the information to the district attorney’s office to determine whether charges will be filed.

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