Berkeley High Principal Pasquale Scuderi sent the following letter on Friday to Berkeley High School staff and families:
In an attempt to head off speculation and to be out in front of any rumors, I want to inform the community of a very difficult development that has occurred within the Berkeley High School Community. On Thursday, following a law enforcement investigation, Berkeley High School safety officer William Keys was interviewed and arrested by the Berkeley Police Department on allegations of identity theft.
Mr. Keys has been placed on administrative leave while a district investigation is being conducted. Obviously we respect the right to due process for all of our employees and students and we will provide whatever resources and support we can to district staff and law enforcement in order to help ensure that a thorough and fair process is conducted in response to this matter.
BHS will continue to hold the highest expectations for its staff and students and place no one above consequences when inappropriate or illegal actions jeopardize the integrity, safety, or security of our school.
No further information has been released, either by the Berkeley Unified School District or by the Berkeley police.