Alicia Thompson — Superintendent
Wichita Public Schools | USD 259
903 S. Edgemoor
Wichita, Kansas 67218
Dear Dr. Thompson,
My name is Kurt Michael Brundage. You probably haven’t heard of me, but perhaps you have. In April, my book, After 3PM, will be released nation-wide. This will be a groundbreaking new book about the epidemic of unlawful teacher/student relationships in America.
In the book, I provide a unique and unheard context regarding this issue; in 2012, I was a high school teacher who was arrested, convicted, and sent to prison for a relationship with a former student. At the time of my crime, I was an IB English Teacher at Wichita East High School. Today, moving forward, my prime objective is to give back to the educational community, doing my part to remedy the issue to which I tragically and destructively contributed.
Recently (and unfortunately), the city-wide news reported yet another instance of inappropriate teacher/student interactions within the USD 259 community. This is not an isolated incident. In fact, this is happening more often than anyone seems to want to admit. I am committed to stepping forward and contributing to a solution to this issue.
Over a month ago, I sent a letter to my former principal at Wichita East, advising him that I was aware of several teachers who had, in the past, participated in unlawful conduct with a student (hoping to fulfill my mandatory-reporting obligations). I also offered to give him a deeper insight into the out-of-control culture among a group of teachers within the school involving drug abuse, alcohol, and sex (among other things).
That letter was ignored.
So, in a public form, I am now contacting you.
I am not trying to cause trouble for anyone on the administrative level; I am trying to help remedy the issue and atone for my actions by stopping it from happening in the future. I want to stand before faculties and staff members, tell my story, and present solutions to the epidemic of unlawful teacher/student relationships.
I spoke in October at the Annual Professional Practices Institute of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification, which took place in Phoenix. I was met with very positive feedback and was subsequently encouraged to keep pressing forward with my endeavors. Several of the conference attendees purchased advance-copies of my book, After 3PM, and they felt my message was extremely on-point. Therefore, I am now seeking to provide that message to USD 259.
In 2010, I was part of the problem. Now, I just want to be part of the solution. This is my life’s endeavor.
It hurts me deeply to see this problem persisting in the district in which I not only taught, but also from which I graduated. But it hurts more to see this issue being repeatedly ignored, only to be addressed after another student is harmed. Please afford me the opportunity to contribute to the solution. I feel I can do some good in this realm. I would like to meet with you.
Thank you for your time.
Kurt Michael Brundage
Writer | Public Speaker | Activist