UPDATE: Central High interim assistant principal arrested for inappropriate comments to students
LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Tuesday, an interim assistant principal at Little Rock Central High School was arrested following allegations of inappropriate comments made to female students.
Little Rock Police arrested Thomas Randall McDonald, Sr., off-campus for five counts of misdemeanor harassment. McDonald is accused of inquiring about the sexual activities of multiple female students and possible sexual misconduct.
When school administrators learned of the allegations on December 13, McDonald was placed on administrative leave and the Little Rock School District (LRSD) along with the Little Rock Police Department began an investigation. A report was also made to the Department of Human Services.
A spokesperson with LRSD said, "We were requested by legal authorities not to discuss the case so we would not jeopardize the investigation. However, the administration did follow district polices and protocol, as per the law."
According to the LRCH Newsletter, Principal Rousseau made the following remarks:
When the school administration learned of the allegations in December, the employee was immediately removed from campus, placed on administrative leave and LRSD Safety and Security personnel along with the Little Rock Police Department were contacted to begin an immediate investigation. A report was also made to the Department of Human Services. We were requested by legal authorities not to discuss the case so we would not jeopardize the investigation. However, the administration did follow district policies and protocol as per the law.
All adults are required to report to designated authorities when allegations of inappropriate behavior are brought to our attention. It is the immediate responsibility of the administration to protect the rights, privacy and well-being of the students involved. While this information is unfortunate, please remain confident that the administration and staff at Central High School are committed to the safety, security and education of all of our students.
Here are ways LRSD reinforces safety and security measures on our campus:
Students are advised on how to report any observed bullying, harassment, inappropriate words or actions to an administrator, security officer, or school resource officer
Administrators have an open door policy for student and parent concerns
All visitors must report to the main office when entering one of our two school public entrances
Security remains at these entrances during school hours
Students are advised and know to report any suspicious visitors to an administrator, security officer, or school resource officer
The District takes matters related to inappropriate behavior by staff members and/or students very seriously and will discipline those who violate school policies according to state law and respective LRSD handbooks.