A stepparent has been fired after her 13-year-old daughter was fatally shot and the district has reopened an investigation into whether she was coerced into an abusive sexual relationship with a student.
A district spokeswoman said Tuesday that Steffi J. Smith, 42, was fired on Wednesday after the district received a complaint that her daughter, who was in Grade 8 at the Flatiron School in Silver Spring, Md., was being sexually abused by the school’s teacher, Michael A. Smith.
Smith is a chiropractor who has been with the district for 12 years and has a background in massage therapy.
His daughter, whom he has known for more than 30 years, was a senior in high school when she was killed on Oct. 8, according to school district officials.
The death of the student was ruled a homicide and the District of Columbia Police Department opened an investigation, the spokeswoman said.
The girl’s family and attorneys have said she was abducted by Smith.
The district has opened an internal investigation into the matter and is cooperating with law enforcement officials, said District spokeswoman Sarah Lefferts.
The school district will remain open and will reopen as soon as the law enforcement investigation is complete, she said.