Bainbridge High School teacher accused of 'inappropriate conduct' with student

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. -- A Bainbridge High School teacher has been placed on administrative leave after allegations of "inappropriate conduct" with a student, Principal Mary Alice O'Neill said in a letter to parents Wednesday.

"Late afternoon Tuesday, Feb. 24, Bainbridge High School administrators learned of allegations of inappropriate conduct between a BHS teacher and student," her letter said. "Because the safety and well-being of our students is our top priority, we want to inform you of the steps we are taking at this time.

"This morning, BHS administrators reported the allegations to law enforcement. While we are not authorized to provide specifics identifying either the student or the teacher, we can assure you that school and district administrators will fully cooperate with authorities on any investigation.

"We will also retain an independent investigator. The teacher is now on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation."

The letter also said that counselors will be available to speak to students and listen to their feelings and concerns.

"We are committed to fully understanding the situation and working with authorities and the community until this matter is resolved."