Parents were informed by Mount St. Mary Academy in a memo from principal Diane Wolfe dated Tuesday that two members of the school staff had been suspended pending an investigation by “appropriate jurisdictional agencies” concerning allegations about their conduct. When contacted by reporters, Wolfe reiterated a portion of the statement she’d sent to parents.
The Little Rock police later issued an incident report prepared after detectives visited the school. Lt. Terry Hastings said the matter remained under investigation and he’d have no further comment for the time being. The incident report said a student told her parents she’d been in a “relationship” since 2010 with a 40-year-old female staff member named in the report. (PS: The young woman, now 18, is no longer a student at the high school, Hastings said.) When parents informed the principal, she reported it to administrators and the state child abuse hotline. The woman named and another staff member were then placed on leave. Hastings said the other staff member, a 54-year-old female, was not a suspect in the case. Her suspension was a “school internal issue,” he told us.
UPDATE: Mount St. Mary has issued an additional statement saying it had fired two staff members. Kelly O’Rourke, a math teacher and volleyball coach, was fired for violation of policy governing conduct of faculty and staff. The other, athletic director and 9th-grade counselor Kathy Griffin, was fired for “failure to adhere to state-mandated reporting requirements.” The statement follows.