GREEN BAY (WKOW) --- The Green Bay Area Public School District confirms two staff members were arrested in the Operation Black Veil II sting targeting Internet child sex predators.
The district sent out a letter to parents today saying a staff person at Keller and Wilder Elementary schools and a bus driver who transports students from Keller and Lombardi Middle School were arrested over the weekend.
The district says the staff member has been put on administrative leave during the investigation.
They say the driver of bus has been removed from the route.
The district is urging parents who have any concerns to contact their principal.
Here is the letter sent out to parents:
Dear Families of the Green Bay Area Public School District,
We want you to know that the safety of your child is our highest and foremost priority.
We also believe that parents have a right and we have a responsibility to keep parents informed of both good and bad news. We are saddened, and quite frankly, very troubled to report to you that a staff person at Keller and Wilder Elementary schools and a bus driver who transports our students were arrested this past weekend for charges as alleged by the Brown County Sheriff's Department.
The staff person has been placed on administrative leave while authorities conduct the investigation and the legal process plays out. Our district will continue to work closely and cooperate with law enforcement throughout the investigation. We will also be conducting our own internal investigation.
In addition, we have asked and understand that the bus driver has been removed from the bus route. We will be contacting only those parents whose children ride this driver's route.
This is important education for all of us. With all of the safeguards the district has in place – including background checks for all new employees and volunteers, as well as rigorous policy and procedure to protect our students – we value the importance of partnering with the Brown County Sheriff's Department and other local law enforcement agencies. This also stresses the importance of parents closely monitoring the online activities of their child at home.
You have our assurance that we will be reviewing all related policies and procedures to determine if there are any additional safeguards that we can put into place to improve our current practices.
In addition, you can help by discussing with your child the importance of internet-safety and by closely monitoring your child's online activity. For helpful online safety tips from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, please visit the following link: http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dci/icac/parents.
If you have questions or concerns regarding this situation, please contact your school principal so any concerns can be immediately addressed.
Again, we want to reassure you that your child's safety is our highest priority.
The Operation Black Veil II sting was conducted last week and ended with 16 arrests.
The sting focused on Northeast Wisconsin and Northcentral Wisconsin from September 18 through September 21.
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