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Whitney Young Staffer Accused Of ‘Inappropriate Interactions’ With Student Removed From School

A final determination regarding the staff member's return has yet been made. An investigation is underway.

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WEST LOOP— A staffer at Whitney Young High School has been removed from their position after it was alleged the person had inappropriate interactions with a student at the school, according to a letter sent to parents.

The staffer was not a teacher, the school’s principal said. On Friday, parents and guardians were notified about an allegation of inappropriate behavior at the selective-enrollment school, 211 S. Laflin St.

“This employee has been removed from the school, and an investigation has been initiated by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG),” Principal Dr. Joyce Kenner wrote.

“Parents of the impacted student have been notified, and the Office of Student Protections and Title IX are providing additional resources to the student,” Kenner said.

A final determination regarding the staff member’s return has yet to be made.

“I will update you when I have a final resolution,” Kenner wrote.

The school is taking the situation seriously and is committed to providing students a safe environment, the principal said.

“I have an open-door policy. I encourage any student, faculty or staff member to see me at any time with questions or concerns,” Kenner said.

In 2018, 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.

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