Kingsley Principal Accused of Inappropriate Interactions with Male Students

A Northern Michigan school principal is on paid leave following accusations of potentially criminal behavior.

Kingsley Middle School principal Karl Hartman is accused of inappropriate interactions with male students.

The school superintendent sent a letter to Hartman on Wednesday.

Parents received a letter Friday notifying them of the investigation.

“The district was shocked and heartbroken to learn about an allegations about a current administrator…student safety is our number one concern,” said Kingsley schools Superintendent Keith Smith. “We take all allegations serious, we’re working closely with law enforcement during this investigation.”

According to his bio on the school website, Hartman has been with the district since 1987. He started as a first grade teacher and later worked as the elementary principal between 1995 and 2016. He’s been the middle school principal since that time.

Many district parents are shocked.

“I’m pretty concerned, I don’t know what the event was, like I said, the letter we received was vague, if they could tell us more that would be great,” said parent of two Jason Potes. “I’m hoping that obviously the allegations aren’t true if there are any.”

Superintendent Smith said the district followed all procedures and contacted Child Protective Services and the police as soon as the allegation was made.

Two educators from the TBAISD are filling in for Hartman during the investigation.

Hartman will remain on administrative leave as long as the investigation is ongoing.

He is not allowed to step on school property or talk to parents, students or educators in the district. The allegations will be investigated by the Grand Traverse County sheriff’s department.