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LHS Band Director Fired for Having Alleged 'Inappropriate Relationship' with Former Student

Parents can ask questions during a special meeting at 7 p.m. today.

A special meeting will be held at 7 p.m. today to allow parents to ask questions about the recent firing of Libertyville High School Band Director Jeff Daeschler, who district officials said was let go due to allegedly having "an inappropriate physical relationship" with a former student.

In a letter to band parents and students Jan. 14, District 128 Superintendent Prentiss G. Lea and LHS Principal Marina Scott said the inappropriate relationship took place when the girl attended LHS several years ago.

The District 128 voted during a special meeting Jan. 14 to dismiss Daeschler.

"In addition, D128 is working with district legal counsel to pursue revocation of his Illinois teaching certificate through the Illinois State Board of Education," Lea and Scott wrote in the letter.

Here is the text of the letter:

"Dear LHS Band Parents and Students,

The Community High School District 128 Board of Education acted on our recommendation to dismiss LHS Band Director Jeff Daeschler from his teaching duties at a Special Board meeting on Monday, January 14, 2013. The Board voted unanimously to dismiss Mr. Daeschler for having an inappropriate physical relationship with a former LHS student when she attended LHS several years ago. In addition, D128 is working with district legal counsel to pursue revocation of his Illinois teaching certificate through the Illinois State Board of Education.

Although legal requirements prevent us from revealing specific information about the investigative process, we handled this matter with the utmost urgency it deserved and immediately followed all legally required reporting and investigative protocols. Mr. Daeschler was immediately removed from his
teaching duties pending the final outcome of the investigation. Our dismissal recommendation and the Board decision to dismiss Mr. Daeschler were based on the weight and validity of investigative evidence.

These types of allegations raise high levels of concern for you as parents, your children and us as school administrators, and are often frustrating because investigative and legal requirements prevent us from being as forthcoming with you as we would like to be throughout the process. In addition, in a substantiated case like this, there is a victim. We want to do everything possible to protect her identity, so that she is not victimized again through public exposure of her identity throughout and after the process.

As always, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure that all D128 students are safe and secure in our schools and with our staff. We will continue to act quickly to thoroughly investigate any allegation of inappropriate behavior by our staff toward students, and we will rely on the investigative evidence to render a final determination.

Moving forward, we remain committed to maintaining the high caliber Band program to which our community has been accustomed. In that regard, Mr. Daeschler’s classes are being taught by D128 music instructors from Libertyville High School and Vernon Hills High School. We are also in discussions with former LHS Band Director Mr. Don Shupe, who retired in 2010, about his return to the program in February. As you know, Mr. Shupe is an accomplished and celebrated Band Director. As we look toward preparing for the 2013-2014 school year and beyond, we will be posting the open LHS Band Director position this spring. The selection committee will include a parent representative toinsure community input in hiring the best possible candidate.

We realize that this has been a difficult situation for everyone involved, and we appreciate your continued assistance and support as we work toward the best possible teaching situation for our band students.

If you have further questions, we will be available to meet with parents on Tuesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the LHS Studio Theatre, or you can contact us at your convenience."

Robert T January 16, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Harry Griffith, retired superintendent from Lake Forest, should take note on how decisively this district has acted. No cover up and no promotion for the offender.
Ana Draa January 16, 2013 at 04:14 AM
As the parent of a LHS fine arts student, I wholeheartedly support the district and school administrators in their handling of this difficult matter. They followed proper procedures, took the allegations seriously, and when faced with clear evidence acted decisively, and put the safety of our children first. Job well done.
John smith January 16, 2013 at 05:33 AM
So what did this guy exactly do. How can we judge the situation if we don't know what he exactly did and why was he not arrested?
John smith January 16, 2013 at 05:39 AM
How do we know it was clear evidence? If he was not arrested what did he do wrong. Maybe he should have been arrested.
Donny January 16, 2013 at 02:58 PM
No arrest, no charges. Just another witch hunt. The reason we don't know the details is because the details would equate to a "so what" by the people at large but are just enough to give reason to fire the guy and go after his career. I bet he was anti-union or something like that. Those anti-union people need to be eliminated at any cost.
Brian L. January 16, 2013 at 04:54 PM
From an article on NBC's website (http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/libertyville-high-school-band-director-jeff-daeschler-fired-student-relationship-187059951.html) the student in this relationship was 18 at the time, so no criminal charges will be brought. He was fired because of the inappropriate relationship of a teacher and current student. Those types of relationships shouldn't occur because a teacher should know better.
Roseanne January 16, 2013 at 05:53 PM
so are there two students involved? Also heard chatter of a gym teacher being investigated too....for similar situation.
John smith January 16, 2013 at 07:02 PM
If it was legal why be fired? Is there a no teacher student relationship contract? Maybe he should have waited till she graduated. I wonder how physical he got and why did she nark on him if it was consensual? Did she not know what she was doing and trying to get back at him for something?
Brian L. January 16, 2013 at 09:31 PM
I don't know the contractual obligations of teachers as it pertains to students, but for me, when you have an authority figure in charge of students (ie a teacher) they should refrain from having any kind of physical relationship until after graduation day and the 18th birthday. And she didn't necessarily nark on him. If it was witnessed by anyone, they could have come forward about it.
John smith January 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM
You know they said there there is a victim. So why not arrest. How can you be a victim if it was consensual and legal. Should not be both ways. Why is she a victim? Did she get a bad grade? I see the authority figure thing. Why not make that illegal? Would that be non consensual sex (or what ever they did) if he had authority over her. That could be a form of assault I would think. Maybe it was not so consensual.
karentronowski January 16, 2013 at 10:53 PM
If it happened at the school...regardless of consent....there's a lawsuit! What I don't get is why the administration took until now?? Why not handle this over the two week holiday break? Why was he paid for 2/3 months? We'll never get the answers to these questions. And why if it was "several years ago" is it coming out now? Two possible answers....lawsuit and another victim!
John Smith January 24, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Jeff Daeschler has had an "innappropriate physical relationship" with more students from different high schools than the 1 that came forward at LHS. I know this for a FACT. This man should not be allowed to work in schools, regardless of the age of the alleged student. Teacher to student, Manager to employee, etc. What he did was wrong and should raise questions of how many other students he's had relationships with and whether or not they were of legal consensual age. Parents should unite and act against this man for the safety and well being of their children and other students he may manipulate if he is allowed to teach in any other school.
Vicky Cald January 25, 2013 at 10:36 PM
John Smith, do you have ANY evidence whatsoever to back your claims? So far, the only remarks I see are wild accusations.
John smith January 26, 2013 at 08:22 PM
I did not make that last comment. Someone is using my same username. I do not share his view!
John Smith January 27, 2013 at 07:38 PM
I didn't realize there was another John Smith here, sorry. Notice the capitalization difference to differentiate between people. Evidence is difficult in something as personal as a secret relationship between 2 people. Not something I've been harboring for 10 years. I don't spend time searching for previous teachers to see what kind of trouble they've gotten into only to exaggerated the story. However, I know the entire band of that year would back up these "wild accusations." Jeff Daeschler's incident was brought to my attention from a previous colleague and we thought we should make it known that this is not his first offense nor a mistake he has made only once. Just want to bring to light that this is something he apparently does, a habit, and he should not be put in the position of a teacher, let alone among minors. He is not a saint that just made a mistake as some people are trying to make him out to be. He is a liability to an organization. John smith, no one is saying the girl was the sole victim in this situation. In my opinion, she is just as much at fault. She should have respected that D is a teacher/authoritative figure. D should have respected his position as a teacher, leader, and mentor. Even if it was her that instigated the entire event, if a student makes an inappropriate pass, it is up to the teacher to put a stop to it immediately, not pursue it. Same rules apply in college and in the workplace.

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