Mt. Lebanon suspends choir director after ex-student claims 'inappropriate communications'

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A Mt. Lebanon High School graduate said the school's choir director made "inappropriate communications of a sexual nature before and after graduation," the Mt. Lebanon School District told parents in a letter today.

Jason Greenawalt has taught at the high school since 2004 and has been musical director for the annual spring musical, which this year is "Seussical." The district suspended Mr. Greenawalt, according to the letter sent to parents.

In the letter, Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer said the district "promptly" notified police Monday. The letter notes the district has learned police have issued an arrest warrant on charges of corruption of a minor, unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility.

"As you can imagine, I am deeply disturbed by these events I want you to know the district's top priority is the safety and security of each and every student," Mr. Steinhauer wrote in the letter. "We take this responsibility very seriously and work diligently to follow the comprehensive policies and guidelines that are in place to protect our students."

In addition to his choir and musical duties, Mr. Greenawalt also supervised choral activities and was band auxiliary sponsor.

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Eleanor Chute: echute@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1955.


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