PLUM, Pa. (AP) — The legal and emotional casualties keep piling up in a Pittsburgh suburb where two high school teachers have pleaded guilty to having sex with students, a third is awaiting trial and a fourth is charged with trying to intimidate one student victim by pointing her out in class.
The atmosphere is so poisoned in the Plum Borough School District, a largely rural, upwardly middle-class bedroom community of roughly 27,000 people, that the senior class president told the superintendent to stay away from commencement ceremonies Thursday.
"You don't deserve to be at my graduation," Plum High School senior Sylvia Ankrom told Superintendent Timothy Glasspool at a school board meeting last week. "We don't want you there. Don't show up."
That appears to be a moot point now that the school board has placed Glasspool and Ryan Kociela, principal of the 4,100-student district's only high school, on paid leave and hired a law firm to investigate whether they and possibly other employees should be fired.