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Posted at 5:43 PM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Dunbar H.S. staffer under investigation for alleged misconduct with student

By Bill Turque

A Dunbar high school staff member has been "removed" pending an investigation into allegations of misconduct with a student. DCPS offered no details about the incident, other than that it occurred last fall and that MPD is investigating.

School staff are normally placed on administrative leave after such an allegation is made. Last fall, the school was still operated by Friends of Bedford, the New York-based school management firm ousted last month by Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson. The firm still operates Coolidge High School.

Late this afternoon, officials released the text of Principal Stephen Jackson's letter today to parents:

Dear Parents and Guardians of Dunbar Senior High School:

I wanted to inform you that yesterday it was alleged that a Dunbar staff member engaged in inappropriate conduct last fall with a Dunbar student. Metropolitan Police were immediately notified and have begun an investigation which remains open and ongoing. The staff member has been removed from Dunbar while the investigation continues. Counseling and support will be available to students if needed.

Your student's safety remains my top priority. You have my commitment that we will do everything possible to ensure that Dunbar is an environment where all students can learn and teachers can teach.

While I am not able to share any additional information as this remains an ongoing police investigation, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if I can be of any assistance.


Principal Jackson

By Bill Turque  | January 7, 2011; 5:43 PM ET
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