Shattuck-St. Mary's School Releases Statement After Former Teacher Charged

Updated: 02/26/2013 1:41 PM By: Leslie Dyste

Officials at Shattuck-St. Mary's school released a statement after sexual misconduct and child pornography charges were filed against former teacher Lynn Phillip Seibel. Click here to read the full story.

Read the full statement from Shattuck-St. Mary's below:

"Today (Oct. 8) Shattuck-St. Mary’s has learned that Lynn Seibel, a former employee, has been charged with a number of very serious matters dating from 1996 to 2003. The school has actively and fully cooperated with authorities since first learning of this investigation in August.

In May 2001, an individual made allegations of sexual misconduct regarding Mr. Seibel that were promptly investigated by the school. 

While the investigation did not corroborate those allegations, the School nonetheless disclosed them in several instances between June and October 2001 to the Rice County Department of Social Services and to the Faribault Police Department. 

To our knowledge, neither organization acted on those disclosures.  We have provided investigators with the contemporaneous records of those disclosures.

Mr. Seibel was separated from the school in 2003 after SSM discovered pornographic material unrelated to our community on his school-issued computer.  This material was a violation of our code of conduct and grounds for termination, but, after consultation with the school’s attorneys, the school confirmed that the material did not trigger a reporting requirement.

Until today, we were unaware of any other allegations of misconduct by Mr. Seibel during his employment with the school.

The safety and well-being of our students has been, and will always be, Shattuck-St. Mary’s highest priority.  Through policies, training and adherence to NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) best practices, the Shattuck-St. Mary’s school community has consistently demonstrated a commitment to maintaining a safe and supportive environment for its students. The alleged conduct does not reflect the values of our school and, if true, is a severe breach of the environment of trust and security that Shattuck-St. Mary’s has worked hard to create over its many years.

As a school community committed to the growth and development of young people and as educators, parents, and human beings, these allegations are disturbing, repugnant, and profoundly sad.  It is important to us that the truth is uncovered and that justice is served."