Mayor Orders Probe Into Job History of Preacher Accused of Shooting Student

Drugs and guns allegedly found by police at the 18 Pompeii St. home  of the Rev. Shaun Harrison.

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Drugs and guns allegedly found by police at the 18 Pompeii St. home of the Rev. Shaun Harrison.

Mayor Marty Walsh announced an internal review of how the Rev. Shaun Harrison, 55, got and kept jobs in the Boston Public schools while he allegedly ran a drug ring.

Prosecutors say Harrison tried to kill a 17-year-old, later identified as an English High School student, who had been selling pot for him.

Harrison, most recently dean of students at English, worked at several Boston Public Schools since 2010, according to the Globe.

“The charges against Shaun Harrison are extremely disturbing and I am greatly concerned because of his role with students at English High School,” Walsh said in a statement. “It’s critical that, in addition to a criminal investigation, we take a thorough look at his employment within our public school system to ensure that we are taking the necessary steps to protect students throughout the city.”

As the city comes to grips with how a reverend who worked to end street violence wound up as an alleged perpetrator, one writer is highlighting the trauma that occurred in Harrison’s own life.

Over at the Herald, columnist Peter Gelizinis spoke with other clergy about how Harrison’s life might’ve spiraled so far out of control.