Superintendent resigns amid molestation allegations against football coach


*SCOTT*) THERE’S OUTRAGE THIS MORNING SURROUDNING THE SUDDEN RESIGNATION OF THE SUPERINTENDENT OF NORTH WEST HENDRICKS COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. *DREW*) MICHAEL SPRINGER HAD PREVIOUSLY CALLED FOR A TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITH A STUDENT TO BE FIRED. NEWS 8’S DEMIE JOHNSON IS ON THAT STORY THIS MORNING. SHE’S HERE TO BREAK DOWN WHAT WE KNOW. *DEMIE*) THE TERMS OF SUPERINTENDENT MICHAEL SPRINGER’S DEPARTURE HAD BEEN NEGOTIATED BEFOREHAND.. BUT HE AND THE DISTRICT HAVE YET TO COMMENT ON WHAT LED TO HIS RESIGNATION. PARENTS AND STAFF MEMBERS SAY THEY BELIEVE HE WAS “PUSHED OUT” OVER WHAT THEY CALL AN ONGOING DISPUTE. AS WE REPORTED HERE ON DAYBREAK, TYLER BRUCE, MATH TEACHER AND HEAD FOOTBALL COACH AT TRI-WEST WAS ACCUSED OF INAPPROPRIATE CONTACT WITH AN 11TH GRADE GIRL. SPRINGER RECOMMENDED HIS TERMINIATION, ALONG WITH THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND HIS WIFE, THE DEAN OF STUDENTS, FOR THE HANDLING OF THE INVESTIGATION. BOARD MEMBERS REJECTED ALL THREE TERMINATION RECOMMENDATION S. MANY PEOPLE WERE AT LAST NIGHT’S MEETING IN SUPPORT OF SPRINGER. ((CODY BRUNES//ALUM:”I THINK SUPERINTENDENT MIKE SPRINGER HAS DONE EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER. THIS SCHOOL BOARD JUST KEEPS GOING AGAINST HIM AND I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO SEE THE GOOD OL’ BOY TEACHER THEY ALL KNOW AND THOUGHT SO HIGHLY OF TERMINATED AND HIS TEACHING LICENSE TAKEN AWAY OR WHAT.”)) BRUCE DENIES ACCUSATIONS OF MISCONDUCT. THE INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS FIELD A COMPLAINT, CALLING FOR HIS TEACHING LICENSE TO BE REVOKED. THE GIRL’S FAMILY HAS ALSO TAKEN LEGAL ACTION. BRUCE IS ON PAID LEAVE, AND UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. DREW.

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