A Washburn High School chemistry teacher has been placed on leave until the end of the school year, and while the school hasn't disclosed their reasoning, that teacher, Sam Jayakumar, was arrested for prostitution this month.
Jayakumar has been teaching science in the Minneapolis Public School District since 2005 and has been at Washburn since 2005 as well.
According to a police report, Jayakumar was arrested for agreeing to sex in exchange for money with an undercover officer. He was booked at Hennepin County Jail on May 13 and released from custody on May 14. He has not been charged at this time and the case is currently under review by the Minneapolis city attorney.
Washburn Principal Rhonda Dean sent the following letter to families on May 18:
Dear Washburn High School Families:
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and Washburn High School are committed to keeping you updated on changes that may affect your child's educational experience. With this in mind, I'd like to make you aware of a recent decision related to Mr. Sam Jayakumar.
At this time, Mr. Jayakumar is on leave until the end of the school year. The decision regarding Mr. Jayakumar's leave was made at the MPS district level and not at the school level. Due to data privacy laws, we are unable to share further information regarding this situation.
As part of our commitment to ensuring chemistry instruction and high quality learning continue at Washburn, you should know that the chemistry classes will be covered for the remainder of the school year by Mr. David Reierson. Mr. Reierson is a longtime science teacher with MPS who currently teaches physics at Roosevelt High School.
Please contact me directly with any additional questions or concerns. Thank you for your continued support of Washburn High School.