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Independent review finds punishment handed out in bullying case ‘ethical and appropriate: Smith-Green school board

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 5:46 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) - Leaders of the Churubusco school system insist that recent allegations several students were sexually assaulted in a bullying case are “unfounded”.

That’s what board members from Smith-Green Community Schools declared Monday, all while a special prosecutor is still reviewing whether criminal charges may be warranted.

The statement put out by the board had a defiant tone and was strong in its criticism of parents who’ve taken to social media to bash the district’s superintendent for his handling of bullying issues.

Indiana State Police did complete an investigation into an October 11 incident involving allegations that several students had been urinated on and possibly sexually assaulted inside a Churubusco Middle School locker room.

There’s been no decision yet on whether criminal charges will be filed.

School officials said in the release that two retired superintendents outside this area approved of the way an internal disciplinary probe was conducted by the district, including how punishment was doled out.

The district, however, declined to specify what discipline was ordered.

A change.org petition generated hundreds of signatures calling for Smith-Green Superintendent Daniel Hile to resign over the way bullying problems have been handled.

The board’s statement came to the defense of Hile, complaining of “Vindictive social media crusades based on falsehoods, half-truths and gossip”.

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