Point Elementary School Principal James Walters cited for exposing self in Forest Park

4:07 PM, Mar 19, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - An elementary school principal has been accused of exposing himself in Forest Park over the weekend.

According to a summons, James Walters, principal of Point Elementary School in the Mehlville School District, was given the summons on Friday.

Click here to view the summons issued to Walters 

Park security says they saw Walters jog over to a car near Concourse and McKinley around 3 p.m. He then exposed and fondled himself.

The car then drove to the upper Muny parking lot. Walters jogged behind the car, and was given the summons by officers.

The man driving the car, a student at Washington University, was not cited.

District Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost says Walters told him this is a misunderstanding. There have been no criminal charges or arrests.

Dr. Knost says it's hard to investigate the incident now because the district is on spring break.

It is NewsChannel 5's policy to not identify a suspect until charges have been filed, unless that person is in a position of public authority. Because Walters is the principal of an elementary school, we chose to use his name.

The Mehlville School District released the following statement on Tuesday:

The Mehlville School District was notified yesterday, March 19, 2012, of allegations of lewd and indecent conduct in Forest Park on March 16, 2012, involving the principal at Point Elementary School. These allegations do not relate to any actions by the principal on school property or with district students. Our current understanding is that the principal was not charged with a crime and disputes some, if not all, of the allegations. Nevertheless, the District is, and will be, thoroughly investigating these allegations. The District currently is on Spring Break, and the principal will not return to Point Elementary unless and until the District determines that to do so is appropriate and safe for all students.

As always, student safety is our top priority in the Mehlville School District. We will continue to follow all necessary and desirable procedures in order to ensure the safety and security of all district students.


Dr. Eric D. Knost


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