Mayor Walsh this morning announced "a comprehensive internal inquiry of the employment history of Shaun Harrison" by the BPS department of labor relations.
Walsh says he plans to meet with both BPS and BPD officials today to discuss the criminal investigation into the Roxbury minister, arrested Thursday after he allegedly tried killing a 17-year-old who had been dealing pot for him. Harrison could face new charges due to the weapons, ammunition, cocaine and marijuana police say they found during a search of his apartment on Friday.
At the time of the shooting, Harrison worked at English High School, after stints at three other BPS schools. City officials say his official BPS records show "no evidence that would have linked him to criminal activity in or out of school."
In a statement, Walsh said:
The charges against Shaun Harrison are extremely disturbing and I am greatly concerned because of his role with students at English High School. It's critical that, in addition to a criminal investigation, we take a thorough look at his employment within our public school system to ensure that we are taking the necessary steps to protect students throughout the city.
Interim School Superintendent John McDonough said BPS has assigned extra staff to English High to help students deal with the fact the man they called "Rev" may have shot a fellow student. School officials are also planning a meeting for parents this week.
Meanwhile, Jamarhl Crawford considers what might have turned a man of God, and one who was active in anti-violence efforts, into an alleged killer - he looks at the abuse of one of Harrison's sons by a fellow minister in 2004 and 2005 and the 2013 arrest of another son for shooting his girlfriend in the head.