Chicago Public Schools correspondence provided to The Associated Press shows that the nation's third largest school district gave a former Roman Catholic priest access to its schools for months despite knowing he was forced to leave the priesthood for sexually abusing a boy of 6 when he was around 15.
Only after the victim and the AP asked why the district let former cleric Bruce Wellems enter schools as part of alternative-schooling programs he oversees, did the nation's third-largest school district recently ban him.
Criticism that the district hasn't done enough to protect 370,000 students at nearly 650 schools from sexual misconduct intensified after a June 8 article in...
Jean-Claude Brizard, back to camera, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, speaks at the Chicago Board of Education meeting. David Vitale, president of the school board, Penny Pritzker, board member and James Bebley, General Council, listen to Brizard's report.