Elementary School Principal Mysteriously Placed on Leave

Though administrators won't say of what the principal is accused, they do say the allegations are not sexual in nature

Parents of students at St. Madeline-St. Rose Elementary School are on edge after being told that the school principal has been put on leave “after concerns were raised.”  But parents have been given no other details.

One fact has been made very clear by Delaware County school administrators, though: The allegations against principal Dennis Reitano are not sexual in nature.

The suspension came about after several students voiced concerns during a “Safe Environment” lesson, Rev. Louis P. Bellopede told parents in a letter home. 

“It teaches young people about healthy interactions between adults,” Donna Farrell of the Philadelphia Archdiocese said about the class in which the accusations came out.

Bellopede said that the school “made a report to Child Line and authorities are investigating this accusation.” Administrators of the Ridley Park school won’t say what the accusation is though.

Authorities at the Child Hotline told NBC Philadelphia that the allegations brought against Reitano were not sexual abuse allegations, but about “not respecting personal boundaries.” They, too, would not elaborate.

NBC Philadelphia was unable to reach Reitano for comment.

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