OH--Man indicted in Steubenville rape case is now a principal
For immediate release: Thursday, Aug. 13
Statement by Judy Jones of St. Louis, Midwest Associate Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 974 5003, firstname.lastname@example.org)
It's heart-breaking that the Switzerland school board has hired an ex-Steubenville city school superintendent who was once indicted and charged by a special grand jury,
Mike McVey is the new principal at River Elementary. We hope parents, staff and taxpayers will protest this reckless move.
Why take this risk? Are there so few principal candidates that Switzerland school officials feel they must roll the dice and hire a discredited individual like McVey to oversee children.
No one argues that he should go hungry or be homeless. But hasn't he forfeited the right to be around kids and over kids? Why gamble with the safety of our precious children? How will Switzerland school board members feel if a scandal erupts at River Elementary School like the one in Steubenville city schools?
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, Protestant ministers, teachers, and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, email@example.com, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, bdorris@SNAPnetwork.org), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Switzerland of Ohio Local School District to hire McVey?
The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District will decide whether or not to hire former Steubenville City Schools Superintendent Mike McVey, a man once indicted and charged by a special grand jury, tonight.
That decision will take place around 6 p.m., shortly after the board gets its meeting started at Woodsfield Elementary School. Superintendent John Hall said McVey, if hired, would serve as the principal at River Elementary. Hall wouldn't go into elaborate detail but said . . .
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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