Mount St. Mary’s Catholic High School Looks Into Sexual Assault Allegations
Beverly Cantrell - January 6, 2022 9:03 am
OKLAHOMA CITY –
The principal of a private catholic high school in Southwest Oklahoma City has resigned. The move at Mount Saint Mary’s comes as the school said an independent investigation revealed it failed to act on sexual assault allegations.
It all started when 12 students sent letters to the school saying they had been sexually assaulted by classmates and that nothing was done.
“In those letters that were submitted were allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment, said Daniel Carsey, the Board of Trustees Chairman for Mount St. Mary Catholic High School.
The Chairman said the date range of the investigation was from late 2018 to May of 2021.
The alleged victims said the school didn’t act when they brought their complaints to administrators.
Carsey addressed the administrators’ shortcomings.
“We could have done a lot better of a job and we certainly failed to act consistently with our core beliefs and values,” he said.
The Chairman the school handed its findings to police over Christmas break. However, the Oklahoma City Police Department says it is not currently pursuing a criminal investigation because the victims have not come to them directly.
An attorney representing several alleged victims says the families are preparing to go to the police.
“We hear you and we are listening, and we have made a lot of changes,” said Carsey.
For now, the school has sent out a letter to Mount Families outlining that an interim Principal will take over.
While most of the students being accused have since graduated one remained enrolled at the start of the school year but has since been expelled.
Police said they have received a separate report from a student at Mount St. Mary’s alleging a teacher made him feel uncomfortable during class.