CISOCA probing alleged ‘inappropriate’ conduct by male teacher at prominent St Andrew school
ST ANDREW, Jamaica — The Centre for Investigations of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) is currently investigating reports that a male teacher allegedly acted “inappropriately” with a student of a well-known high school located in upper St Andrew.
The allegations are that an underaged male student performed a sexual act on the male teacher in question. The teacher is also accused of engaging in inappropriate conversations with female students. The teacher was reportedly employed to work with students in the lower forms.
Superintendent Maldria Jones-Williams, head of CISOCA told Observer Online that the matter is being thoroughly investigated.
“We were doing our investigations at the school and we are seeking the individual in question as he has left the school,” SP Jones-Williams said.
In the meantime, the school’s administrators moved to reassure parents that quick action had been taken to apprehend the perpetrator and repair the trust between faculty and the student body.
“We are deeply concerned about recent reports of inappropriate behaviour by a former teacher. Please rest assured that the school takes this matter extremely seriously. As soon as the allegations were brought to the attention of the Administration of the School, we took immediate steps to address this matter,” the letter said.
“This resulted in the resignation of the teacher in question and the matter being brought to the attention of the relevant authorities. We are cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation,” the letter continued.
The letter, disseminated via email to parents, reassured that the school’s priority remains the well-being and safety of students.
“We are committed to providing a supportive environment and ensuring that every student feels secure,” the letter said.
The school has also offered counselling services for any student in need of support during this time.
“We remain dedicated to upholding our values and fostering a nurturing educational community for all our students,” the letter concluded.