Lancaster Mennonite School places assistant principal on leaveby Everett J. Thomas
Steve Geyer, an assistant principal at Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite School (LMS), was placed on administrative leave and barred from all contact with students on Nov. 4 after school officials received a report that students were sexually abused by Geyer.
According to a Nov. 9 news report in Lancaster Online, Geyer and his wife, Charlotte, adopted two boys from South Korea in 1987 and, more recently, have hosted South Korean students in their home, as many as four at one time. Lancaster Online is an edition of the Lancaster New Era, Intelligencer Journal and Sunday News newspapers.
LMS superintendent J. Richard Thomas alerted parents and caregivers about the situation in a Nov. 9 email.
"Our primary concern is the safety, security and well-being of our students," Thomas said. "All students were immediately removed from Mr. Geyer's home and provided with other living arrangements. Immediately, the allegations were reported to the appropriate authorities as required by the Child Protective Services Law … The school continues to cooperate fully with any investigation."
Lancaster Mennonite School has four campuses. Geyer was the assistant principal at the Lancaster campus. Geyer has not yet been charged with any crime.
Thomas also serves as the current moderator of Mennonite Church USA.
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