Authorities investigate charter school teacher for ‘gross misconduct’

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Authorities are investigating a teacher for allegations of “gross misconduct” with a 16-year-old boy at a Gage Park neighborhood charter school on the Southwest Side.

Chicago Police confirmed the investigation of the woman’s alleged misconduct at Horizon Science Academy Southwest Chicago, 5401 S. Western Ave.

A representative said the school’s administration began an internal investigation on Monday.

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“As the allegations involved a minor, the school contacted the [Illinois] Department of Children and Family Services and Chicago Police,” said Christopher Murphy, director of strategic growth & PR for Concept Schools.

Murphy said the staff member has been placed on unpaid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

“DCFS is investigating a case involving a teacher at Horizon Science Academy,” a representative for the agency said. “The investigation is pending.”

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