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GR Police Investigating Fired Catholic Schools Employee

Posted at 8:41 PM, Apr 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-26 20:41:54-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating a Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools employee who was dismissed Friday for having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

On Friday, Catholic Schools Superintendent David Faber wrote a letter that was sent home with students, which FOX 17 NEWS has obtained. In it he named the female auxiliary academic support staff member at both Catholic Central High School and West Catholic High School.

In the letter, Faber told parents and guardians or their children “who have ever experienced, witnessed, or heard about any inappropriate comments or conduct directed to a student that may be pertinent to the investigation, we urge you to contact Det. Amy Lowrie of the Grand Rapids Police Department, at (616)336-3599. You may also follow up with Deborah Nykamp, the diocesan victim assistance coordinator, at (616) 805-9291.”

On Friday evening, Faber issued the following statement to the media:

On April 26, the Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools terminated the employment of a member of our academic support staff because of allegations that she engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student. The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating the matter, and we are cooperating fully with their investigation. Out of respect for the integrity of the police investigation, we will not provide any more details at this time. As always, we encourage anyone to immediately report any behaviors or situations that make them feel uncomfortable or cause them to have concern. I ask you to pray for peace and healing for all in our school community.”