School staffers reassigned amid misconduct allegations

An emergency meeting was held this morning at a Rogers Park school where two educators have been reassigned amid allegations of misconduct.

Parents are angry that a lot of allegations and rumors that have been swirling for months are just now being dealt with.  They feel that something should have been done a lot sooner and that they should have been informed about it sooner than last night.

The allegations date back to May of 2013 and involve a second grade teacher and the assistant principal at Jordan Elementary School, 7414 North Wolcott Avenue.

Ruth Longsworth’s son was a student in the teacher’s classroom.

“It was brought to my attention that there was a bunch of inappropriate touching, inappropriate language, things of that nature by this one particular teacher,” Longsworth told WGN.

She says she confronted the teacher about it.  “She looked scared, she almost started to cry and she started to shake… you don’t know anything about this… she was like no, didn’t know anything about it,” Longsworth said.  “And she thanked me for bringing it to her attention.”

Longsworth said she also talked to the principal, who later told her an investigation was done and the allegations proved to be false.

But yesterday, almost three weeks into the new school year, CPS inexplicably reassigned both employees from the classroom pending the outcome of yet another investigation.

When parents asked about it during a meeting last night, they say they got the runaround.

Parent Felicia Washington says she was not satisfied.  “He bounced around the questions.  I had to stand up in the meeting and ask him, ‘Can you be direct?'” Washington told WGN.  “Because I didn’t know about this situation until yesterday.”

Some of the parents who spoke with WGN were also angry about last night’s meeting.  The say there was a translator at the meeting for Spanish-speaking parents, and when questions came up about the alleged inappropriate behavior the translator told the Spanish-speaking parents that it was something to do with uniforms and did not translate what the questions concerning the behavior were all about.  That issue apparently also came up at this morning’s emergency meeting.

There is no further information at this time about exactly what took place at the school.

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