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CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Board of Education Inspector General Will Fletcher reported 470 sexual complaints against Chicago Public School (CPS) employees from students in 2022. The report details students being abused, groomed, groped, assaulted and threatened by school officials.
According to Fletcher’s investigation, a former ROTC staff member had sex with a 16-year-old minor student for a year. After he learned there was an investigation, the staff member threatened the girl to kill her and her family if she cooperated with investigators.
Another high school teacher exposed himself to a female 11th-grade student while the two were alone during driver’s education. The student reported the incident to two staff members, but both failed to report this to administrators as mandated by Illinois law.
The girl took to social media when no one believed her. Soon after, another student came forward with allegations against the same teacher who has now resigned and is facing criminal charges.
CPS Spokesperson Mary Fergus responded to Fletcher’s report saying, “As a District, we take seriously our responsibility to serve our families with integrity and to address individuals who breach CPS policies and the public’s trust – and to hold them accountable.”
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