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St. Ignatius Teacher Put on Leave After 'Innappropriate Conduct' Allegation

By Stephanie Lulay | September 18, 2015 6:20am
 A St. Ignatius College Prep teacher has been placed on administrative leave after inappropriate conduct allegations surfaced last week.
A St. Ignatius College Prep teacher has been placed on administrative leave after inappropriate conduct allegations surfaced last week.
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LITTLE ITALY — A St. Ignatius College Prep teacher has been placed on administrative leave after allegations of "inappropriate conduct" surfaced last week.

In an email to parents and students Wednesday night, St. Ignatius Principal Brianna Latko said the administration learned of allegations against a faculty member who was subsequently placed on leave.

"Last week, the administration of St. Ignatius College Prep learned of allegations that a member of the faculty had engaged in inappropriate conduct in the classroom," the email read.

An investigation is now underway to determine if the faculty member violated any school policies, according to the principal. 

"As we proceed with our investigation, we do so following the values that underlie our Catholic faith and Jesuit heritage — knowing that it is our job to teach our students those values," Latko wrote. "We want to ensure Ignatians receive the best possible education in the best environment that we can provide. Students come first."

Latko said school officials "still do not know all the facts." But she ended the email by saying that she was available to answer questions "that we are capable of answering."

On Thursday, school spokesman Ryan Bergin declined to comment.

The school additionally declined to answer questions about the teacher, and DNAinfo Chicago was not immediately able to independently verify the teacher's identity Thursday.

A private, co-ed Jesuit high school and one of the city's premiere parochial schools, St. Ignatius College Prep was founded in 1869.

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