School counselor on leave after she allegedly had sexual relationship with student

By Ashley Troutman
Fox Boston
May 08, 2015

[with video]

MEDFORD, Mass. ( -- A Medford high school career counselor is on leave after allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

Jenna Tarabelsi is on paid leave from her position as career counselor at Medford Vocational Technical High School after students complained about her, saying she allegedly had a relationship with at least one student.

"They had a relationship with this guidance counselor, they trusted her, to know that she's doing this is despicable," one parent said.

One of the incidents allegedly happened right in the school parking lot.

"Parents need to know that when allegations are made we take them seriously and we follow them up with appropriate protocols," the Medford superintendent said. 

But parents say they should've been told, one saying, "To know they're keeping this kind of information from us is very troublesome and it's very alarming to us parents."

When asked what he would say to a parent concerned their child may have been affected, the superintendent said, "Any student who may have been affected was referred to the Department of Children and Families. They met with the parents asked the questions."

Police and DCF have launched an investigation into Tarabelsi as a result of the allegations.

We attempted to reach out to Tarabelsi over the phone and via social media, but did not hear back.

It's important to point out that she has not been charged with a crime. As for whether she'll ever go back to work at the school, district officials say it's all pending the outcome of the investigation.


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