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Catholic school employee fired for alleged inappropriate relationship

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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Police are investigating a former Grand Rapids Catholic Schools employee, accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

In a news release, superintendent David Faber said he fired the employee following the allegations.

WZZM 13 is withholding the person's name because the no charges have been filed. She served as an auxiliary academic support staff member at both Catholic Central High School and West Catholic High School.

Anyone with information about the inappropriate relationship should call Grand Rapids Police at (616) 336-3599 or Deborah Nykamp, the diocesan victim assistance coordinator, at (616) 805-9291.

Below is a news release from superintendent Faber:

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

I am saddened to inform you that the Grand Rapids Catholic Secondary Schools has terminated the employment of a member of our staff because of allegations that she engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student. We immediately reported the matter to local law enforcement authorities. The Grand Rapids Police Department is investigating the matter, and we are cooperating fully with their investigation.

The staff member in question, [name redacted] was an auxiliary academic support staff member who assisted students at both Catholic Central High School and West Catholic High School. We are writing to you because your son or daughter is a student at one of those schools. If you or your child(ren) 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.

As always, we encourage you and your students to immediately report to your principal or any member of your school staff any behaviors or situations that make you or your students feel uncomfortable or cause you to have concern for the safety or welfare of students. Our diocesan practices and procedures, along with your help, remain important components for providing a safe environment for our young people.

I ask you to pray for peace and healing for all in our school community whose lives and families are impacted by these events.

David Faber
Superintendent of Catholic Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

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