GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Police are investigating allegations of reported sexual misconduct from a Catholic Central High School student.
The allegations were reported to school officials on Friday and the student’s parents were contacted immediately.
The Diocese of Grand Rapids released a statement:
On Friday, March 16, students reported allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct by a Catholic Central High School student to school administrators. School administrators immediately contacted parents of the affected students and the Grand Rapids Police Department, which is investigating the matter. To ensure the integrity of the police investigation, we will not provide any more details at this time.
Catholic Central High School is committed to providing a safe environment for our students and we take all allegations of sexual misconduct seriously. It has no place in our school community.
We encourage anyone who has information pertaining to this investigation to contact the Grand Rapids Police Department.
The principal of Catholic Central High School, Greg Deja, later sent out the following letter:
I appreciate the prayers and concerns extended by, and to, the Catholic Central community since yesterday. We believe the safety and emotional well-being of all students is critically important. Our primary concerns are for the victims and their families, and to ensure we are doing all that we can to provide a safe environment. Our staff is well equipped to support students as they come back to school tomorrow, and we will have additional counselors, community partners, and other professionals available to coordinate additional resources to support your child. We invited you and your child to express any unmet needs to your child’s counselor.
Initial medial reports may have caused you to question whether the school acted in the best interests of the victims. I want to assure you that the school administrative team took swift action, reporting the allegations promptly to the Grand Rapids Police Department and then following GRPD’s recommendation for how to proceed. Media outlets have adjusted their stories for accuracy, correcting initial reports that suggested the school was reluctant or negligent in contacting law enforcement. We will continue to work within established communication channels to ensure accurate media reporting and public perception of our school. However, what is most important is affirming the trust and support that you, our parents, extend to us.
Above all, I ask for your prayers for all those affected. I am grateful for your partnership as our school community deal with these difficult events.
Anyone with further information is asked to call Grand Rapids Police at 616-456-3400 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.