District police are investigating possible inappropriate contact between a Dunbar Senior High School student and a staff member.
D.C. Public Schools officials say they were notified of a report on Thursday of "inappropriate conduct" that took place last fall. The staff member has been removed from Dunbar while police investigate the allegations, and counseling and support have been made available for students.
"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," Principal Stephen Jackson said in a letter to parents.
This is the latest installation of a tumultuous year for Dunbar: In November, five students were charged with sexually assaulting a female student in an untended stairwell; charges were later dropped. But after observing lax security at the high school, Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson removed Friends of Bedford, the New York-based privator operator Michelle Rhee had hired, and reinstated Jackson as principal.
Read the full statement from DCPS below:
Yesterday afternoon, DCPS was notified of a report by a Dunbar student alleging that the student and a Dunbar staff member engaged in inappropriate conduct last fall. Today, Dunbar parents received the following letter about the allegations. DCPS is releasing the letter, which follows, as its statement and directs any further inquiries to MPD as this is an ongoing investigation. 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. Sincerely, Principal Jackson