St. Thomas teacher resigns due to misconduct

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The Houston Chronicle

Updated: March 8, 2013 8:42pm

By Allan Turner | March 8, 2013 |

The Rev. Jack Hanna, a Spanish and art history teacher at Houston’s Catholic St. Thomas High School, has resigned and entered treatment at a therapeutic center for priests, school officials said on Friday.

In a statement issued by the Rev. Kevin Storey, school president, and the Rev. Patrick Fulton, principal, the school said Hanna had been accused of unspecified misconduct. School officials said the complainant was an adult.

Hanna, a 1962 graduate of the school, operated by the Congregation of St. Basil, taught introductory and advanced placement Spanish classes and art history. He had been a member of the faculty since 1981.

“He has acknowledged that he behaved inappropriately…and has expressed deep regret for any harm caused by his behavior,” the letter to school alumni said.

1 Response to St. Thomas teacher resigns due to misconduct

  1. Sylvia says:

    A slight change in this article from one earlier in the day yesterday: “School officials said the complainant was an adult.” That was in the email notices sent out by school officials, but not in the first article published by the Chronicle.

    What “the complainant was an adult”means remains to be seen. Is that an adult alleging “misconduct” by Father Hanna which transpired while the complainant was an adult? Or, is it an adult alleging “misconduct” by Father Hanna which transpired when the complainant was a minor? It could be either, right?

    I have been told but can not confirm that the complainant is male.

    Another point I want to make while I think of it, the initial 11 February 2013 email sent to alumni reads: “At the direction of the Superior-General of the Basilian
    Fathers, while this matter is under investigation, Fr. Hanna will not
    be engaged in teaching or any priestly ministry.”

    The email of 08 March reads: “He [Father Hanna] has expressed deep regret
    for any harm caused by his behavior and believes it is best that he
    resign his position at St. Thomas High School so that he may focus on
    his treatment.”

    So, initially the Basilian Superior General suspended him, but then Father Hanna decided it was best that he resign? Is that it? And he resigned “so that he may focus on his treatment”?! That’s it?

    Strange? No?

    I will post the two emails on the Father Jack Hanna page so it’s a little easier to see what was said when.

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