School staff mem­ber in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice

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Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing al­le­ga­tions of crim­i­nal be­hav­iour to­wards pupils by an Auck­land in­ter­me­di­ate school staff mem­ber.

Par­ents at the school were sent a let­ter on March 30, telling them that the school had ‘‘re­cently been made aware of con­cerns’’ re­gard­ing the in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour of a mem­ber of staff.

The let­ter said the Board of Trustees took im­me­di­ate ac­tion in re­sponse to the al­le­ga­tions to en­sure the safety of stu­dents, staff and the com­mu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to the let­ter the staff mem­ber had been placed on leave and the school had no­ti­fied the ap­pro­pri­ate agen­cies.

On March 28, a meet­ing was held with par­ents of the stu­dents who may have been af­fected by the al­leged be­hav­iour.

Po­lice and Child, Youth and Fam­ily had also in­ter­viewed some of the chil­dren.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Richard Cor­bidge said po­lice

were work­ing with the school and other ap­pro­pri­ate agen­cies, in­clud­ing Child, Youth and Fam­ily and the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

A manda­tory re­port was made by the school to the Ed­u­ca­tion Coun­cil on March 28 and it was now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case.

An Auck­land school em­ployee is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated over al­le­ga­tions of crim­i­nal be­hav­iour.

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