Walcott Reassures Parents Following Queens Teacher's Arrest
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Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott met with concerned parents Tuesday at a Queens school where a teacher's aide was recently arrested on sex abuse charges.
Investigators say Brett Picou, 30, fondled six female students at PS 52 in Springfield Gardens over the last four months.
About 50 parents attended Tuesday's meeting where the chancellor answered questions.
One parent, whose daughter was in Picou's class, says she's still upset.
"He would touch her shoulder, touch her back. I did bring it to the principal and she has been taking the proper procedures. There was nothing he said that made me believe that they're going to be taking more proper precautions to do what they have to do to make sure that these people in these schools are supposed to be here helping our kids," said the parent.
"I'm going through a thorough review of past substantiated cases, looking at how we can improve our communication system to give the hiring managers, principals, information," said Walcott.
Picou is suspended without pay.
He is the fifth school worker to be arrested on a sex crime charge this month.