DETROIT, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Detroit Public School District and the city react to a lawsuit being filed by a mother who said that Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh had inappropriate contact with her son.
The last thing Douglas Academy for Young Men and the district need right now is a lawsuit said Detroit School Board President LaMar Lemmons.
Attorneys for the mother said she plans to file a civil lawsuit on Monday.
"I'm very much concerned about the district having some unnecessary exposure," said Lemmons.
Lemmons says the cash strapped district, already under an emergency manager, cannot afford the fall out.
"I'm concerned we are going to have unnecessary legal bills," said Lemmons.
But they are right in the middle of it. The all male high school is where the Charles Pugh Leadership Forum runs out of. A spokesperson for the district released this statement to 7 Action News that reads:
"The mother of a recent Douglass Academy graduate approached the school with concerns regarding her son's mentor. At the time, the school reached out to the parent who stated that she would prefer to handle the matter personally. The school has since contacted the parent again in writing seeking to resolve the concerns, and is awaiting a response. The school and the district will fully review the program in question, as would be the case whenever concerns are expressed by a parent." –Steve Wasko, spokesperson Detroit Public Schools.
The lawsuit also goes after the City of Detroit. It comes at a time when Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is trying to get their financial crisis under control. We heard from Orr's spokesperson this afternoon.
"I can't comment on anything on that's pending a lawsuit before the city. One, I have not seen the complaint, and I can't comment to the veracity of the allegations in there. So we'll just leave that for the attorneys to comment on," said spokesperson Bill Nowling. Nowling indicated there will be more to come about the lawsuit, but it will come at a later time.
Pugh's bizarre and sudden absence from city government coincides with questions raised about gifts and cash given by Pugh the woman's son, a young man he mentors. The concerns were first reported by 7 Action News.