The [whistleblower] lawsuit [by a former teacher against St. Andrew’s School] is the latest fallout from the revelation this summer that a former teacher engaged in sleepovers, intimate embraces and late-night excursions with boarding students in 2015. A private investigation commissioned by the school found that administrators failed to comply with a state law requiring that it report its concerns immediately to the state Department of Children and Families.
Scott Melton, a high school teacher at the Boca Raton Episcopal school, alleges in the suit that in April he complained to a supervisor about the school’s failure to report the other teacher’s behavior. The next day, he says, he was called into a meeting with a member of the school’s human resources department. In the meeting, he “again reiterated his concerns and told (the school) that it must report the allegations to DCF,” his lawsuit states. “Within an hour of that interrogation, (Melton) was involuntarily placed on leave without cause.”