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Salem High teacher suspended pending investigation into student allegations

March 28, 2013

SALEM — A Salem High School social studies teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into allegations made by some students last week, Superintendent Tom Bratten......

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WatchDog

Mar-29-13 8:59 AM

disp1229 sez "WatchDog, if you are going to comment or try to recite law please get it correct."

You know what dear? If I had intended to recite an actual law or had referred to what he could have been "officially" charged with under Ohio criminal code, I would have done just that.

Read the comment again. But just our curiosity? What do you think the word impede means? The last time I looked it was exactly what you stated, minus the spelling error, "interfering".

Here, let me fix my sentence so it will be clear. "I wonder if Bratten realizes that he could be charged with interfering in an official police investigation?

Does that make you feel better now? LOL

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disp1229

Mar-29-13 1:23 AM

WatchDog, if you are going to comment or try to recite law please get it correct.The school superintendent could be charged with Obstruction or Osbstructing or interfering in an ivestigation. But I have to say that I am sure of a law that says anything about impeding an investigation. ***********opd.ohio.gov/RC_Casebook/obstructing_justice_and_obstruct.htm

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WatchDog

Mar-28-13 7:21 PM

I swear this blind trust that we put into our school districts is ridiculous. This is why it is imperative that Parents, take back control and encourage and instruct their children, regardless of their love for their school or teachers, tell them to come to you first (AS IT SHOULD BE). So as parents, you can make the proper decisions and choices.

If I ever found out that my child was being questioned by school official in a criminal matter without my consent or presence, somebody's head would roll.

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WatchDog

Mar-28-13 6:39 PM

"When gathering information, you don't just jump to conclusions," he said."

I wonder if Bratten realizes he could be charged with impeding an official police investigation? School policies and protocol does not supersede an official police investigation. Bratten you did your thing, you put the teacher on paid administrated leave...now STEP ASIDE and let the police do their job. Before you cost the district a lawsuit.

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ts1227

Mar-28-13 10:07 AM

Good lord frumious, give the police time to collect enough information to formally charge him (if there is enough), and give the district enough time to see if the students were truthful. Don't hold it against the school system that the world we live in doesn't work as guilty until proven innocent.

If the case is a slam dunk and then they keep the instructor in question, then you'd have a case.

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ladybug

Mar-28-13 9:52 AM

This is a person's life and career and you assume their automatically gulity.

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frumious

Mar-28-13 5:09 AM

So, if one of my employees is accused of a crime against a customer, I'm permitted to complete an in-house investigation before going to the police to give, if necessary, my employee time to come up with an alibi and/or intimidate the victim? When is the next bond issue?

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