Read The Full Text of This Letter to Episcopal School of Dallas Parents About ESD Staffer Arrested for Possession of Child Pornography

Dear Members of The Episcopal School of Dallas Community,

This morning, we received shocking and disturbing news regarding one of our employees. The Grayson County Sheriff's Office notified us that Mr. Jimmy Derrell Tippie, one of our maintenance staff at Wolf Run Outdoor Education Center located approximately an hour away from our main campus, was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography. Mr. Tippie has been employed at Wolf Run for 20 years and has had very limited interaction with any students, all of which was supervised by ESD teachers.

The Grayson County Sheriff's Office informed us that they do not believe the alleged conduct involved any ESD students. Likewise, we have never received a report concerning any inappropriate behavior by Mr. Tippie from anyone in our community, including students, parents, faculty, or staff. Today is the first time we became aware of any investigation by law enforcement. All ESD employees are periodically background checked. His most recent check, conducted by ESD in January 2020, and all of the numerous prior checks, indicated nothing of concern. Out of an abundance of caution, the Grayson County Sheriff's Office will be creating a tip line that can be found on their website.

Mr. Tippie has been placed on administrative leave, pending additional information provided by law enforcement. He is banned from all ESD property. We plan to cooperate fully with the authorities during the course of their investigation. We will share more details with you when we are able.

The safety and well-being of our entire community is our highest priority. Protecting our students is a sacred trust, and we will continue to do all that we can to keep them safe. We have clear and strong policies and training in place for all of our employees, regarding what is – and is not – appropriate behavior with our students. If at any time, you or your child feels or has felt uncomfortable with the behavior of any member of our faculty and staff or another student, please advise him or her to report it to an administrator immediately.

If you have any questions regarding our policies designed to protect our community, please don't hesitate to contact me. I will be happy to talk with you.

We remain deeply grateful for your trust and confidence in all of us at The Episcopal School of Dallas.

Sincerely,

David L. Baad
Head of School