Staff member removed from Detroit school, accused of inappropriately touching students

DETROIT – A staff member at a Detroit school was removed for allegedly inappropriate conduct towards students.

Detroit public schools said the man worked for A.L. Holmes Elementary-Middle School. Sources told Local 4 he inappropriately touched students.

A.L. Holmes Principal Tammy Mitchell left a voice mail to parents Wednesday saying that they take all allegations of misconduct of employees very seriously.

"When an allegation against a staff member was brought to my attention by a concerned parent recently, I immediately removed the individual from the building and instructed the individual not to have any interaction with students," Mitchell said in the voice mail.

One parent who didn't want to be identified spoke to Local 4 and said she doesn't think her pre-K son was affected.

"As a parent, it makes me fell the principal is concerned and she cares, but as DPS goes as a whole, I have really not too much faith of them," the parent said. "As far as I'm concerned, my child won't be returning to that school after this year, period."

Michelle Zdrodowski, executive director of communications for DPS, released the following statement:

"A safe learning environment for all students is a top priority for Detroit Public Schools. Upon learning of the allegations against a member of their staff, the A.L. Holmes Principal followed district protocol and immediately removed the individual in question from the building and instructed the person to not have any interaction with students. The individual is currently on administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation by the District's Employee Relations Department. The matter has also been reported to the Detroit Public Schools Police Department, and they are conducting a thorough investigation into the matter."

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