Administrative Statement: Teacher Misconduct

Administrative Statement: Teacher Misconduct
Posted on 04/19/2018

April 19, 2018

School of the Osage received a report of suspicious behavior involving an employee.  A hotline report was made to Missouri Children’s Division, the employee, Mark Edwards, was questioned and immediately placed on administrative leave and local law enforcement was notified.  As a result of our administrative investigation in collaboration with local law enforcement, Mr. Edwards has been charged with Statutory Sodomy in the First Degree.

As always, the safety and security of all students is paramount to the district.  Through extensive background checks beyond state requirements and consistent, ongoing staff training we are focused on keeping our kids safe and secure.  When an employee breaks our trust, we do not hesitate to respond swiftly, effectively, and to the full extent of the law.  In addition, we are thankful for our partnership with local law enforcement and child advocacy agencies.  Please contact your school administrator if you have any information that may assist us in this, or any other, ongoing investigation.

Sincerely,

Dr. Brent Depee’