‘I am very concerned’: Superintendent speaks to rallying parents amid Rocky River teacher investigation

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ROCKY RIVER, Ohio (WJW) — Rocky River parents assembled outside of the school board Thursday afternoon to express their concerns surrounding the ongoing investigation involving several high school teachers.

Organizers of Thursday’s rally say many parents wanted to express themselves to the school board beyond calls and emails.

Rally participants demanded to know more information about the investigation and to be involved.

However, a filing from school district lawyers, obtained by the I-TEAM, states that the district is “legally prohibited” from giving out information from a public employee in an internal investigation.

Rocky River Superintendent Dr. Michael G. Shoaf spoke to the group of protestors, saying that the district is conducting a thorough investigation and doing all it can to protect students.

“As a parent with a child in this district, in the high school — a daughter, I am very concerned about what has gone on,” said Shoaf. “I will do everything I can to be thorough in my investigation, complete the investigation, take appropriate action, and then send the information down to the Ohio Department of Education for an independent review.”

The rally came ahead of a special school board meeting being held to address the fate of six teachers currently suspended. This meeting was the second closed-door session to discuss troubling allegations involving male teachers and a photo of a female student.

The investigation and complaints come from a recorded video call, where several Rocky River High School teachers appear to be talking about another teacher who said he took an explicit photo of a teen girl.

Wednesday afternoon Rocky River school officials briefly met in public for a special session, before quickly moving behind closed doors to discuss “personnel, investigation of charges or complaints against a public employee or official.”

The school district has suspended six teachers and a police investigation was reopened, although no explicit photo has yet been found.

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