Headmaster Christopher Wheeler’s picture on the welcome page of Tower Hill School’s website has been removed, after the school announced he’s being investigated for child abuse.
Tower Hill says Wheeler resigned and moved out of the headmaster’s residence located on the school’s Pennsylvania Ave. campus, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
The Wilmington private school says it will name an acting head tomorrow.
Board of trustees Chair Earl Ball III sent an email to parents yesterday telling them authorities searched Wheeler’s home and school office Tuesday night, under the supervision of the state’s Chief Deputy Attorney General and State Prosecutor.
After convening the board for a special meeting, Ball sent a follow up email Wednesday telling parents the school explained what was going on to students in an “age appropriate” way, stating the well-being of students and keeping parents informed are of primary concern.
The message also reiterated that “the state continues to reassure us that no current Tower Hill student was implicated in any way.”
The attorney general’s office would not comment about the investigation, but released a statement last night saying, “We, that is the Attorney General’s office and the Wilmington Police Dept., are conducting an ongoing investigation into allegations of misconduct by Christopher Wheeler.
To date, no charges have been filed against Wheeler.