A Westchester County high school principal resigns after a damning report revealed he covered up students who took lewd photos of fellow special school students in the bathroom.
Two of the four teenagers involved confessed to the disturbing incident at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, NY last March, but Principal Brett Miller and several other Bedford administrators kept the admissions to themselves, though police were involved, the outside investigator found kroll out.
Miller did not discipline the two boys, the report released Tuesday said. The other couple’s involvement was only revealed after investigators reviewed the footage.
“The administration team was more focused on covering themselves with lies, deception and avoidance than on the well-being of the students, who they claim always come first,” Karen Close, the mother of one of the victim children, told CBS News.
Close’s daughter Jennifer blamed student culture for the act against her brother, saying his molesters were fun to take and share photos of their vulnerable classmates.
“There is an obvious problem with the students in this school district, and as the leader of this school district, you must find a way to reach out to these students in a beneficial way,” Close said.
Miller will remain employed in the district through June, albeit not as principal, but plans to resign earlier if he finds other employment, Bedford Superintendent Robert Glass said at a school board meeting on Wednesday.
Another school district employee who knew of the confessions, Edward Escobar, director of Pupil Services, is on furlough “for the foreseeable future.”
According to the Kroll report, a whistleblower at the school brought the privacy violation to the attention of the school administration. Ten days later, the two boys admitted they were behind the crime.
Miller, the assistant principal and the Dignity for All Students Act coordinator, was also aware of all of the confessions but did not discipline the boys or tell police they had found the culprits, the report said.
The Dignity for All Students Act is a state law designed to eliminate discrimination and harassment in schools.
Although he was aware of the two students who confessed, Miller told police there was “still no evidence” who was behind the salacious videos and photos.
At a school board meeting a few weeks later, Miller also told parents that “no one was cracked” during the student interviews.
The Kroll report found that “no one in the administration has taken on the investigation of the reported misconduct and no one has taken responsibility for ensuring that key constituencies receive timely and accurate information.”
“Several times during the investigation, the information provided was incomplete and/or inaccurate, which in turn prevented the Superintendent from properly discharging his duties to the board and community,” it said.
At Kroll’s suggestion, the Bedford School District is conducting training for school administrators on how to communicate effectively during investigations and is working to revise its parent notification policy, Lohud reported.
Glass said the district will also review its DASA training to ensure it meets the highest standards.
“The release of this report has opened a wound that has not fully healed after a monstrous event,” Glass said.
“It’s about being reliable. This is about accountability. It’s about rebuilding trust all around.”
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