WEST RIDGE — Chicago Public Schools investigators are looking into allegations that two staff members were engaged in “inappropriate conduct” with each other while on the Mather High School campus.
In a letter sent out to parents Tuesday, the school’s principal said CPS’s law department is investigating allegations that two staff members engaged in inappropriate conduct on school grounds in March 2019. The allegations were first brought to the attention of CPS in a letter sent to CPS CEO Janice Jackson on June 25.
The June 25 letter was written by someone who works at the school and alleges two other staff members were “engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior” in the school’s police office on March 15, between the hours of 3:30 and 5 p.m., “while students were present in the building outside of the room.”
“No students were involved or harmed as a result of this situation,” Principal Peter J. Auffant said wrote in a letter to parents.
When Block Club initially reached out to Auffant on Monday, he said the allegations were unfounded.
“I spoke with all parties involved, informed my network chief, CPS safety and security, and spoke with the inspector general’s office. All concluded that the investigation was thorough and revealed no evidence of truth to the allegation,” he said.
The letter Auffant sent to parents on Tuesday is below.
Dear Mather High School Parents and Families,
The safety and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority, and I am writing to address a situation involving our school that has recently come to light. In March of 2019, two staff members allegedly engaged in inappropriate conduct on school grounds. No students were involved or harmed as a result of this situation.
The CPS Law Department is investigating the allegations. While I am unable to discuss details regarding the investigation, I am always available to discuss matters related to your child and steps the district takes to keep students safe.
We remain committed to providing our students with a safe, positive learning environment where they can reach their full potential, and we look forward to welcoming students back to school on September 3. I encourage you to reach out to the school directly if you have any questions or concerns.
Peter J. Auffant
Stephen T. Mather High School
Mather High School, 5835 N. Lincoln Ave., serves about 1,596 students from the West Ridge, North Park, West Rogers Park and Budlong Woods neighborhoods.
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