Kirkwood superintendent calls for independent investigation of decades-old abuse claims


KIRKWOOD, Mo. (AP) — School officials in a suburban St. Louis school district say they are reviewing decades-old complaints about teacher sexual abuse and misconduct after a former student turned to social media to voice concerns and others came forward. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Superintendent David Ulrich said in a statement that he was going to ask the school board to authorize an independnet investigation into the complaints Monday night.

Earlier the Post had reported that Kirkwood police Capt. Scott Bailey said one case involving one former teacher has been referred to prosecutors. The cascade of allegations began after a former Kirkwood High School student alleged Tuesday on a Facebook page for graduates that she was groomed and then abused starting when she was 13 in the late 1990s. Other complaints have since surfaced along with criticism that administrators turned a blind eye to abuse.

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