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Teacher Accused Of ‘Inappropriate Behavior With Students’ Removed From Skinner West Elementary

An investigation has been initiated by the CPS Office of the Inspector General, Skinner West Elementary Principal Deborah Clark told parents.

Skinner West Elementary School is located at 1260 W. Adams St. in the booming West Loop.
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WEST LOOP — A Skinner West Elementary School teacher has been removed following an allegation of “inappropriate behavior with students,” according to a letter issued to parents.

On Tuesday, parents were notified about an allegation of inappropriate behavior made against a staff member at the highly regarded Chicago Public School, 1260 W. Adams St.

“The employee has been removed from the school and an investigation has been initiated by the Office of the Inspector General,” Skinner Principal Deborah Clark, wrote in a letter dated May 7.

The employee was a teacher, according to a CPS spokesperson.

Clark told parents the school was taking the “situation seriously” and was committed to providing students “a safe, positive learning environment.”

Calls to Skinner West were not immediately returned, and CPS officials deferred to Principal Clark’s letter.

Last year, the Tribune detailed hundreds of cases of sexual abuse and rape at CPS schools over the last 10 years. The report highlighted failures by the district to protect its own students from sexual abuse and misconduct.

Following the bombshell report, CPS CEO Janice Jackson told Chicago Tonight that the district took it “seriously.”

“There’s a lot that has been done, but my test is that if there’s one case, that’s one case too many, and so there’s opportunities for us to do a better job,” Jackson said.

Read the full letter below.