3/13/15 – 5:00 A.M.
The mother of a Van Buren High School student has accused the district of ignoring sexual assaults endured by her son. The Courier reports the claims were made during Thursday’s school board meeting. The woman read a statement outlining several bullying incidents and told the board they have until April 9 to fix the problem.
The claims made in the statement say administrators including Superintendent Tim Myers have been aware of continuous bullying that led to a sexual assault in August of 2014. Myers said he was aware of the issues and believes he has followed board policy regarding student discipline. He added the school would continue to work with the parent to fix the situation. The Ohio Department of Education will supply a moderator to help come up with a solution.
Among the parent’s other claims were accusations that football coach Kevin Shoup hadn’t dealt with the allegations. The woman said Shoup was “privy to a multitude of sexualized behaviors in the football locker room and turned a blind eye to the inappropriate behavior of his players while refusing to protect my son.”
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