BREAKING: Shalom teacher arrested for sexual contact with student

UPDATE: Shalom parents were contacted by the school earlier today via email about the below case. That email was confidentially provided to News Talk 1037FM and is below.


Dear Shalom Community,

Shalom Christian Academy is committed to keeping you informed about issued regarding student safety. The school has been informed by Pennsylvania State Police that Mrs. Bonnie Gingrich, formerly a secondary teacher at Shalom Christian Academy, was charged with criminal offenses regarding the welfare of a student.

Upon initially receiving information involving allegations, the school contacted Child and Youth Services. Mrs. Gingrich was placed on administrative leave. Shalom is cooperating fully with law enforcement and the legal process. We take all measures necessary to ensure that our students are educated in a safe environment- employees must successfully pass clearances and background checks prior to employment at Shalom.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. While I cannot provide information that would interfere with the investigation, or the identity of any student, I am ready to listen to any concerns you may have. We are praying for everyone involved.

Sincerely,

Angie Petersheim


24 June 2024- A teacher at Shalom Christian Academy in Chambersburg is facing charges that she had an illicit relationship with a student at the school. Bonnie Louise Gingrich is free on an unsecured bail of $50,000 after being charged with felony sexual contact with a student at a school, two felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor, and felony corruption of minors.

Pennsylvania State Police were initially notified of a child line report on May 30th of a teacher that was having inappropriate contact with a student at Shalom Christian Academy. That teacher, PSP believe, was Bonnie Gingrich.

Troopers subsequently interviewed the juvenile victim, where they say the victim and Gingrich would “reach out to the victim via electronic messages”, with it eventually leading to hugging. This continued and escalated, Troopers say, including physically and messages from Gingrich to the victim “about wanting to meet up with the victim outside of school”. This all occurred, according to PSP reports, between November of 2023 and May 30th of 2024.

During this time period, Troopers say Gingrich encouraged the victim to create secret chat accounts and delete their messages for fear that they would be found out.

News Talk 1037FM has reached out to Shalom for a statement and that response is currently pending. An update will be posted as soon as it is made available.

Bonnie Gingrich is free on an unsecured bail of $50,000.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39307-CR-0000155-2024, Incident No.: PA 2024-735911