McDonogh Sends Letter to Parents About the Molly Shattuck Sexual Misconduct Charges

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The following letter was sent from headmaster Charles W. Britton to parents at McDonogh School.

Dear Parents,

I am writing to you about a very troubling matter. Information regarding alleged inappropriate behavior by a current parent toward a McDonogh student was brought to my attention on September 24. I immediately reported the allegations to the Baltimore County Police Department, and the matter continues to be under the jurisdiction of law enforcement officials. We are committed to doing everything we can as a school to protect the privacy and confidentiality of the student in this deeply disturbing situation.

While I was instructed by the police not to communicate with you until now because of the criminal investigation, I want you to know that the parent has been prohibited from entering McDonogh’s campus and additional security measures have been in place to assure the safety of students since the incident was reported. The safety and well-being of our students is our greatest priority at all times.

We treasure your children as our own. School counselors, faculty, and staff are cognizant of the potential impact this news may have on our students, and we are prepared to support them. If you have older children who are aware of the news, please encourage them to be mindful of conversations that are inappropriate in the presence of younger children. I trust our older students to respect the privacy of this matter and demonstrate strong character by not generating further conversation.

The situation is garnering media attention. Please know that you may refer the media to our communications office if you receive an inquiry. Once again, the privacy and confidentiality of the student is paramount.

I know this is upsetting news to all of us as members of the McDonogh Family. As always, we are here to support and nurture your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to be in touch with me, the divisional heads, or our school counselor, Dr. Marie Allee.

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