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6 Fired, Dozens Suspended Amid Hundreds of Reports of Abuse in CPS Schools
Officials with the Chicago Public Schools district have fired six employees and banned four substitute teachers from the classrooms in response to sexual misconduct investigations that have been ongoing since October.
Additionally, 33 other employees have been suspended from working in schools pending the outcome of these investigations. this group includes twelve teachers, eight security guards, five vendor employees, and four bus workers.
In October, CPS Inspector General Nicholas Schuler opened an investigation into allegations of widespread sexual abuse at CPS schools. Since then, he has opened almost 140 inquiries.
The district has also launched a special investigation team for student-on-student misconduct cases. That office has received over 930 allegations since September.
Chicago Tribune Report Alleges Inadequate Responses to Allegations in CPS Schools
In 2018, the Chicago Tribune published a special investigative report called “Betrayed“. This report investigated 108 cases of sexual abuse in CPS schools over the past decade, including 72 that involved school employees as the perpetrators.
In an interview with the Tribune for this report, CPS acknowledged bureaucratic failures and promised to improve hiring, criminal background checks, investigative procedures, disciplinary actions, employee training, and support for survivors of abuse.
The report points to several culpable parties in failing to keep students safe, including employees, the CPS central office, the district’s Law Department, and federal agencies.