Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Police investigate Mount St. Mary complaint UPDATE

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Parents were informed by Mount St. Mary Academy in a memo from principal Diane Wolfe dated Tuesday that two members of the school staff had been suspended pending an investigation by "appropriate jurisdictional agencies" concerning allegations about their conduct. When contacted by reporters, Wolfe reiterated a portion of the statement she'd sent to parents.

The Little Rock police later issued an incident report prepared after detectives visited the school. Lt. Terry Hastings said the matter remained under investigation and he'd have no further comment for the time being. The incident report said a student told her parents she'd been in a "relationship" since 2010 with a 40-year-old female staff member named in the report. (PS: The young woman, now 18, is no longer a student at the high school, Hastings said.) When parents informed the principal, she reported it to administrators and the state child abuse hotline. The woman named and another staff member were then placed on leave. Hastings said the other staff member, a 54-year-old female, was not a suspect in the case. Her suspension was a "school internal issue," he told us.

UPDATE: Mount St. Mary has issued an additional statement saying it had fired two staff members. Kelly O'Rourke, a math teacher and volleyball coach, was fired for violation of policy governing conduct of faculty and staff. The other, athletic director and 9th-grade counselor Kathy Griffin, was fired for "failure to adhere to state-mandated reporting requirements." The statement follows.

STATEMENT FROM MOUNT ST. MARY ACADEMY

MARCH 14, 2012

“Based on the findings of an internal investigation by Mount St. Mary Academy and a concurrent investigation by the Little Rock Police Department, a member of the MSM faculty has been terminated for violation of Mount St. Mary policy governing conduct of faculty and staff. The employee was placed on Administrative Leave on Sunday, March 11, 2012 immediately after information was received by MSM concerning the employee’s conduct. This immediate action was taken to remove the employee from the MSM campus and to protect the safety and security of our students. The termination action was taken today by Mount St. Mary Academy upon learning of the findings of the investigation by the Little Rock Police Department.

As part of Mount St. Mary’s internal investigation into events related to this matter, a second employee placed on administrative leave On Monday, March 12, has been terminated for failure to adhere to state-mandated reporting requirements.

Mount St. Mary’s actions with regard to this situation were taken to protect the safety and security of our students which is our foremost priority. In as much as this issue involves pending legal proceedings, and with respect to rights of individual privacy protected by law, Mount St. Mary will have no statements on the details of the allegations.”

Diane Wolfe, Principal
Mount St. Mary Academy

Tags: , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (58)

Showing 1-50 of 58

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-50 of 58

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • The Russian White House

    Washington Post's latest: Jared Kushner may have attempted to arrange secret back channel communications with Russians. He, the attorney general and Mike Flynn all have failed to disclose their Russian contacts.
    • May 26, 2017
  • The weekend's long read: Post-election Hillary

    Rebecca Traister has done a profile for New York on Hillary Clinton's life since the election, included extended interviews, and it is great stuff.
    • May 26, 2017
  • A Memorial Day open line

    Here's the open line. Also, news and comment.
    • May 26, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • From Dallas, creative thinking about the Interstate 30 project

    An urban planner in Dallas says freeways are not always the answer. Incorporating some creativity already being used in Dallas and looking at the Interstate 30 project from a broader perspective, here are ideas that Arkansas highway planners have not considered. But should.
    • Nov 6, 2015
  • Among the last words from Kenneth Williams: 'Finger Lickin' Good Fried Chicken'

    What's purported to be a final-words essay from condemned prisoner Kenneth Williams was distributed today by Deborah Robinson, a freelance journalist in Arkansas.  He reflects on his execution, his victims, reactions of inmates and big servings of fried chicken, which he says are given to all inmates on execution days.
    • Apr 27, 2017
  • Jason Rapert vs. Wikipedia

    Sen. Jason Rapert against the world: Wikipedia edition.
    • Jan 23, 2016

Most Shared

  • Conspiracy theorists

    Back in 2000, I interviewed Rev. Jerry Falwell on camera in connection with a documentary film of "The Hunting of the President," which Joe Conason and I wrote.
  • The health of a hospital

    The Medicaid expansion helped Baxter County Regional Medical Center survive and thrive, but a federal repeal bill threatens to imperil it and its patients.
  • Virgil, quick come see

    There goes the Robert E. Lee. But the sentiment that built the monument? It's far from gone.
  • Real reform

    Arkansas voters, once perversely skeptical of complicated ballot issues like constitutional amendments, have become almost comical Pollyannas, ratifying the most shocking laws.
  • That modern mercantile: The bARn

    The bARn Mercantile — "the general store for the not so general," its slogan says — will open in the space formerly occupied by Ten Thousand Villages at 301A President Clinton Ave.

Visit Arkansas

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Paddling the Fourche Creek Urban Water Trail

Underutilized waterway is a hidden gem in urban Little Rock

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: The 'Jason Rapert Must Go' Suggestion Box Edition

    • "Jason Rapert must go" He hasn't gone yet? Man, no wonder there's so much toxicity…

    • on May 26, 2017
  • Re: A Memorial Day open line

    • "Greg Gianforte is an unusually precocious Republican in that he got arrested even before he…

    • on May 26, 2017
  • Re: A Memorial Day open line

    • "Exclusive: NSA Chief Admits Donald Trump Colluded With Russia. When will Admiral Rogers say publicly…

    • on May 26, 2017

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation