[UPDATE BELOW] The principal of a high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant has been accused of failing to report alleged sexual harassment that took place in one of the school's locker rooms.
Michael Wiltshire, who was hired as principal to turn around the struggling Boys and Girls High School in 2014, faces disciplinary charges for failing to report the harassment, which allegedly took place in December. According to the Department of Education, Wiltshire and two assistant principals met with the victim, who said she was sexually harassed by five football players in a locker room.
The DOE says he did not alert authorities. "We have clear reporting procedures to ensure incidents and misconduct are thoroughly addressed and any failure to report is deeply concerning," spokesperson Devora Kaye told the Daily News.
Wiltshire also allegedly failed to report that a DOE credit card was stolen and used by students during his tenure.
This news comes a few days after it was announced that Wiltshire was potentially leaving Boys and Girls High School for a job at Uniondale High School in Uniondale, N.Y. The Times ran a piece this week outlining some of Wiltshire's apparent missteps as principal, including pressuring struggling students to transfer out; alienating a nonprofit organization that offered support to students and their families, and attempting to merge Boys and Girls with Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, where Wiltshire also served as principal.
The DOE has not yet responded to our request for comment, but the Post reports that discipline is pending.
Update 4:29 p.m.: Though initial reports suggested the principal covered up an alleged gang rape, the Department of Education says unreported incident was alleged sexual harassment. This post has been updated to reflect that change.
Spokesperson Devora Kaye tells us in a statement: “We have clear reporting procedures to ensure incidents and misconduct are thoroughly addressed and any failure to report is deeply concerning. We’re reviewing this case and discipline is pending.”