Niskayuna Catholic school teacher suspended after child left outside

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Gazette Reporter

NISKAYUNA — A teacher at the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish School has been suspended after a child was allegedly locked out of the school building for a period of time Monday afternoon, according to CBS6, the Gazette’s newsgathering partner.

On Monday, approximately 40 students at the St. Kateri Tekakwitha after-school program were playing outside in the warm weather, according to a letter Interim Principal Ernest Casile and the school’s pastor, Father Bob Longobucco, co-wrote and sent home to parents Tuesday.

When they filed back inside the school building, located on Union Street, a 9-year-old student was left outside and was locked out, according to reports from CBS6.

“In returning to the school, the teachers visually-scanned the area …” the letter reads. “Unfortunately, one student was left unsupervised while on school property.”

The child was outside for about 10 minutes before a custodian found the student.

“The student was not harmed, but was understandably, very upset,” the letter continued.

The school administration met with the child’s family Tuesday, where consequences to remedy the situation were discussed, also according to the letter.

“This is a regrettable situation, and the St. Kateri Tekakwitha School administration has already addressed the matter with the director of the after-school program,” the letter said.

The director, who is also a teacher at the school, has been suspended by the Albany Catholic Diocese without pay for the remainder of the week.

CBS6 reported the school plans to issue an apology.

Reach Gazette reporter Kate Seckinger at 395-3113, or @KateSeckinger on Twitter.

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