**breaking** Seattle Principal Removed for Abuse � Parents Not Informed

By Joelle Casteix
Worthy Adversary
October 31, 2012


Seattle Archdiocese officials have admitted that Br. Karl Walczak was removed for sex abuse allegations.

Walczak has been principal of O’Dea High School since 2011. Before that, he was at Brother Rice High School in Chicago.  He was principal of Damien Memorial School in Honolulu from 1987 to 1999. ********

There are reports of out Seattle that O’Dea High School principal Br. Karl Walczak was accused of child sexual abuse in court documents and removed from his job in August.

And three months later, parents still have not been told the truth.

According to a letter which has since been taken down from the O’Dea website (it used to be posted here. You can now view it here.), Walczak “took a leave” of absence in August, “to assist in resolving a proof of claim filed in the Christian Brother’s Institute bankruptcy proceedings.”

The letter continues, Thank you for your ongoing support of Brother Walczak and the entire O’Dea community.”

The only proof of claims filed against individuals in the Irish Christian Brother Bankruptcy were claims of child sexual abuse. There was no mention of any allegations to parents, students or the greater community.

BehindThePineCurtain also is reporting the abuse in a letter to Seattle Bishop J. Peter Sartain.

It is now almost November, and church and school officials have remained silent. Where are the promises of transparency? Why aren’t they reaching out to other potential victims? Why aren’t they doing ANYTHING?

If I were an O’Dea parent, I would demand answers, a tuition refund and a transfer for my child to a school where officials DO NOT clam up when the principal is sued for sex abuse.

Walczak also worked at Damien Memorial School in Honolulu and Brother Rice High School in Chicago.


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