CHICAGO — Lincoln Park High School lost an interim administrator — just days after she stepped in when the school’s principal and assistant principal were forced out.
Judith Gibbs, the interim administrator and a retired CPS principal, is alleged to have had “improper contact” with a student. According to the Sun-Times, Gibbs stepped down because a video appears to show her grab a student’s face while in a hallway.
The alleged incident with Gibbs is the latest in a series of scandals at Lincoln Park High School.
Students, some carrying signs, held a sit-in Thursday morning in protest of CPS removing administrators prior to Gibbs.
Before Gibbs’ departure, CPS said it was conducting four investigations — into “sexual misconduct, retaliation and interference with investigations and serious misconduct that led to student harm” — and the district is now looking into what the alleged incident involving Gibbs.
On Monday night, hundreds of students, parents and teachers packed into the school’s auditorium to hear about the investigations.
The investigations involve allegations of both teacher-on-student and student-on-student sexual activity, officials told parents at the meeting. They did not share other specific details, citing privacy concerns from those involved, but said the actions of the adults involved “could not be tolerated.”
Athletic recruiting violations and financial mismanagement are also alleged. Officials are also investigating whether suspended employees were allowed to continue to work.
On Friday, LeMone told parents interim principal John Thuet and assistant principal Michelle Brumfield had been “removed from their positions.” Lions head basketball coach Pat Gordon was previously suspended by CPS, according to the Sun-Times.
Two other coaches — interim head boys basketball coach Donovan Robinson and a girls basketball coach — were “reassigned from their duties pending the outcome of these investigations, according to the Tribune. Dean John Johnson has been reassigned, too, according to a letter sent to parents.
The ousting was due to “multiple allegations of serious misconduct involving the athletics program at Lincoln Park High School.”