MIAMI (CBS4) – Parents, students and former students of Christopher Columbus High School have been informed by school officials that allegations of sexual impropriety have been made against one of the school’s former counselors.
School officials said they recently received a letter from a lawyer representing a Columbus graduate who made claims against Michael Foster, a former college advisor who had been with the school for 40 years. According to the letter, the alleged incident took place more than ten years ago. School officials said in addition to notifying the Columbus family, they also contacted law enforcement.
Foster, who was placed on administrative leave by the school, has retired as of August 1st, according to a statement from Brother Kevin Handibode, President of the school.
In a statement from the school, officials said they take any allegation of misconduct seriously:
“We have very clear and a strict policies in place to protect our students, including extensive background checks and a code of ethics. We are part of a national program called Virtus that provides training and certification for any adult that is working with students in Catholic schools.”
The school is offering counseling and support to any current or past student who may feel they need it. They have also established a confidential phone extension and email for anyone who would like to contact them. The number is (305) 223-5650 Ext. 2679; email can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.