ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. - Police in St. Louis Park confirm they have opened an investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct that led to the firing of a teacher at a high-profile private high school.
While saying he could not release details, City spokesman Jamie Zwilling did say police are investigating the situation involving former Benilde-St. Margaret's engineering teacher Jon Hickman to see if any crimes occurred in connection with the incidents that led to his dismissal.
Hickman's dismissal was announced in a message to parents from Benilde-St. Margaret's President Dr. Bob Tift. It read:
Dear Benilde-St. Margaret's Parents and Guardians,
I am writing to inform you that Jon Hickman, senior high engineering teacher, was dismissed from his employment at Benilde-St. Margaret's School effective September 3, 2013. Mr. Hickman has had inappropriate communications with BSM students.
Additionally, we understand that Mr. Hickman has had interactions with BSM students through non-teaching activities. Any such activities including senior photographs or artistic modeling photographs are not connected with or endorsed by BSM.
As always, please keep the BSM community in your prayers.
Hickman also has a photography business. His Facebook page features a number of images of students, ranging from senior pictures to grad parties. At this point it is unclear if any of the inappropriate communications the school president referenced were related to the photography business.
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