Steubenville City Schools Sends a Message

Nothing says “we don’t need no danged ol’ accountability here” like allowing educators charged with failing to report child abuse to be back in a position to keep a watchful eye out for the safety of children. *sarcasm*  If the residents of Steubenville want to figure out why the world looks down at their town with an air of disgust, they should be asking their school board what the heck they were thinking by allowing individuals who are accused of failure to report child abuse to be allowed back to work overseeing the safety and well-being of school children.

Updated: Wednesday, December 4 2013, 11:15 AM EST By: NEWS9

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — Two Steubenville City Schools employees who were indicted by a special grand jury have been permitted to return to work. The school board returned Lynnett Gorman and Seth Fluharty to their positions effective Dec. 9., according to a news release from the district.

On Wednesday, the Steubenville Board of Education released the following statement:

“After learning that three School District employees were indicted by a special grand jury convened by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the Board of Education of Steubenville City Schools placed the indicted employees on administrative leave.   After review with legal counsel and Ohio professional organizations the Board returned Lynnett Gorman and Seth Fluharty to their positions as of December 9, 2013.  The two employees have good work records and are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The Board has no information about the evidence leading to these charges, and any questions about the charges or the criminal investigation should be directed to the office of the Ohio Attorney General.

Our primary focus is on making sure the School District is able to conduct the business of educating our students.” Superintendent Mike McVey Gorman and Fluharty were all put on paid administrative leave on Nov. 25 after Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced their indictments.

Gorman, principal of West Elementary School, is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect while acting in official capacity in a school district, which is a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Fluharty is charged with failure to report child abuse or neglect while acting in official capacity in a school district, which is a fourth-degree misdemeanor. He is a wrestling coach at Steubenville High School and elementary school teacher.

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  1. Mark

    “It’s a community value.”

    I am surprised that no school official or school board member uttered the phrase that I hear so often when my local school district is confronted with its egregious, outrageous, and illegal behavior.

    Never mind that the school district, its administrators, and school board are required by state regulatory statute to take action.

    And the press in Steubenville is just as enabling as The Oregonian, leading the public to believe that all is well. No further scrutiny is required.

    Praise the Lord and pass the next school bond on the ballot. Oh, and when does spring football practice start?

    I’ve got to wonder if Ohio’s education authority has any power to step in at this point. Otherwise, it will take a mass insurrection and recall vote to rid the school board of the cockroaches who have created and perpetuated the dysfunctional dynamic that rolls right along.

    And that dynamic is none other than Big Red.

  2. estherundermates

    Sick of the local politics here, including a school board that does not represent the taxpayers and /or the voters here who pay their salaries. Nothing will change until we get rid of those in power now and elect people who honestly care about the city,county and the residents. All we have now are crooks, sadly lining their pockets with the last few dollars they can suck out of us. We’re doomed if we do not get real leaders here. As far as Big Red goes, this writer is so disgusted with public education everywhere in the country. Government employees, 75% anyway, are the laziest workers anywhere. You can get away with almost anything when you are protected in a government job. Most of our money goes right down the drain. I know from history as a former gov employee. Laziest people on the planet get those great government gigs. A total waste of OUR money. If my kids were young now I would be a home schooler.

    1. prinnie (Post author)

      I am curious about Lynett Gorman’s defense that she put her “mother hat” on before her educator hat in not reporting the rumors she heard in April and that she “didn’t know” she needed to report. I am fairly sure that teachers have it DRILLED into their heads about mandatory reporting — annually, if not more. What is Steubenville City School’s policy and procedures regarding annual mandatory report training?

      There seems to be a “we didn’t know’itis” plague in the city among select individuals.

  3. Dee

    I’m appalled that school employees are allowed to work with the very kids they are accused of failing to protect! They should have remained on leave until AFTER their trials, at which point they would be reinstated (of found innocent) or fired (of found guilty).


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