Thomas Burke, 57, of Roslindale, was arrested around 12:40 p.m. on charges of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (shod foot) and indecent assault and battery on a special-needs person.
BPS provided the text of the message Headmaster Brett Dickens read to parents in phone calls today:
Hello, this is BCLA Headmaster Brett Dickens calling with some important information. Earlier today we received a report that a non-teaching staff member may have been acting in an inappropriate manner with a student. This is not something we ever tolerate and we immediately contacted authorities, which launched an investigation right away. We also contacted the student's family so they are aware. The staff member in question has been removed, arrested and charged, and will not be returning. As you know we demand excellence from every member of our school team. This is not the kind of news I wanted to be sharing on the first night of winter break - but I want to make sure you are kept informed of issues you need to know about. If you have questions during break while we are closed, you can call the Superintendentâ€™s Office at 617-635-9050, and we of course will be here for you as soon as we return from break. Thanks for listening, and have a very happy holiday.