Updated: Imagine school board backs principal in new report

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LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. - The principal at Imagine School in Lakewood Ranch is on paid administrative leave, accused of failing to report child abuse to the state after children reportedly engaged in oral sex in the school.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is reportedly recommending charges against Principal Selenia Quinones. The sheriff's office confirms it has turned the case over to the State Attorney's Office.

It is alleged that a four year old student at the school engaged in oral sex with another student.

According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, witnesses told law enforcement that the principal knew about the alleged abuse.

However, in a new report issued by the Imagine School Board on Wednesday, the investigation states, "There is not one piece of evidence, nor are there independent witnesses to substantiate the claim."

The claim was made by a student two months after the alleged incident took place. The young man told his mother he witnessed one boy perform oral sex on the other. What is known to have happened, is that last April, three 4-year-old boys were showing each other their private parts during class. The Board's investigation claims that Quinones and each parent was made aware of the situation.

"The incident was investigated immediately and consistently," states the report. "The parents were made aware of what had happened the same day and the situation was handled and documented."

Imagine School in Lakewood Ranch is a private charter school serving pre-kindergarten students through 8th Grade.

See attachment to read more of the Board's investigation into the matter.

Board Statement –

As a Board, our primary objective is the safety and well being of the students at Imagine Lakewood Ranch. In an effort to demonstrate that commitment and to be transparent with our parents and community, the Board of Imagine Lakewood Ranch is proactively releasing a copy of the internal investigation we conducted regarding certain allegations of abuse. This document is available as a public record, which is the basis for our releasing it. Names of students, their parents’ names and any other information that could identify the students have been redacted as such information constitutes a student record pursuant to the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and is exempt from public records disclosure pursuant to Section 1002.221, Florida Statutes.

This document was given to law enforcement officials, and local authorities are conducting their own investigation. Imagine Schools, the Board, and school officials are fully cooperating with their efforts. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment on the situation.


Bob Wilson

Board Chair, Imagine Lakewood Ranch