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Kansas City teacher placed on administrative leave after accused of sexual contact with student

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A teacher at East High School in Kansas City has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of having sexual contact with a student. 

The initial report about the incident came from a student who knew the student involved and said the student "performed a sexual type act with the teacher, possibly in school." 

According to the police report, the student involved "admitted to another assistant principal she had performed a (sex act) on the suspect." 

The accusation was reported to the Missouri Child Abuse/Neglect Hotline. 

This was the first school year the teacher was a full-time employee of Kansas City Public Schools.

The Kansas City School District confirmed an investigation was underway. The district will be sending out a letter to parents Friday morning. 

Here is what that letter says: 

December 1, 2017

Dear East High School Parent,

Our top priority at East High School and across Kansas City Public Schools is the safety and security of our students. It is very important to me and my team that we have your confidence and are constantly communicating with you about important events that may impact our schools. For that reason, I am writing to inform you of a situation that has recently arisen at EHS, how we have responded and our follow-up.

Shortly before the start of the Thanksgiving break last week, leadership team members at EHS learned of an allegation that a teacher at the school was in an inappropriate relationship with a student. The team immediately followed our rigorous policies and procedures developed by KCPS for these types of situations. The teacher was placed on administrative leave and removed from contact with students. The proper state and local authorities were informed and an investigation was launched by the Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division. We are fully cooperating with this investigation. The teacher will have no contact with students during the investigation.

These types of situations are always difficult and sensitive. The team at EHS and our Security and Legal departments did an outstanding job of responding. Please know that we are taking every step in our control to continue to make sure our students can attend school in a safe and nurturing environment. I appreciate your ongoing support for EHS. Please contact my office if you have questions or concerns. The Bears are having a great school year and we are not going to let this incident slow our progress!

Yours in education,

Dr. Mark T. Bedell,
Superintendent of Schools

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