FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. - “The organizations are more important than the students and that’s a sad reality,” said Thomas Jones, a Fairfax County Public Schools teacher.
Most whistleblowers want to remain anonymous. But not Fairfax County Public Schools teacher Thomas Jones.
“I contacted you because I saw the story about the other teacher in Fairfax County who was involved with a student,” he said. “My concern was this happens a lot within the school system and my main concern is the fact students are involved and nothing is really being done to get this out in the open to hopefully prevent this from happening.”
Jones said a case involving a Fairfax County Public Schools assistant principal who was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student was never reported to police.
“Someone within the school system has been released because of an involvement with a student and no one discusses it or talks about it,” said Jones.
In this case, Jones said the assistant principal was released from the job during last year’s holiday break.
“It's illegal and the fact that they were able to cover this up in a sense,” he said.
Jones is a 15-year veteran of Fairfax County Public Schools. He is listed on Fairfax County Public Schools’ website as a special education teacher, but he is best known as “Speedy” Jones, a former University of Maryland star basketball player.
“There's always the fear of repercussions because you think when you start putting information out there that could be publically damaging to an organization, they may want to retaliate,” he said.
A Fairfax County Public Schools spokesperson said the assistant principal in question no longer works for the district. He resigned in August.
“Since it’s a personnel matter, we are not at liberty to comment further on this specific case,” said schools spokesperson John Torre. “While we cannot comment on specific personnel cases, FCPS has policies in place that define conduct that would be inappropriate and subject an employee to disciplinary proceedings. Our internal investigators have a process that is followed when allegations of wrongdoing are made against employees. Employees can be suspended or dismissed based on the specific violation and often we will refer our findings to law enforcement for further action.”
The student has reportedly graduated and there was no response from the assistant principal.
Fairfax County Public Schools would not comment on whether this particular case was referred to law enforcement.
Torre said the school system is checking into whether parents were notified.