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Rallying parents demand resignations for sex-toy scandal in midstate school

Written by Daniel Walmer/The Lebanon Daily News | May 11, 2018 4:20 AM
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Northern Lebanon School District parents and students protest against the behavior of certain school administrators Thursday morning at the Lebanon County Courthouse. (Photo: Daniel Walmer / Lebanon Daily News)

(Lebanon) -- Northern Lebanon School District parents and students held a rally outside of the Lebanon County courthouse Thursday, seeking apologies and resignations from administrators who passed around a sex toy and school board members they feel aren't taking the issue seriously enough.

The board voted 5-4 on May 1 to not demote the three administrators to teachers following a lengthy public comment session that was largely supportive of the administrators. However, board member Beth Heckman resigned in protest and other parents said the administrators should be demoted or fired.

"Now, you have administration that wants to be mentors for our children but play with sex toys behind closed doors," said district parent Jean Gundrum at Thursday's rally.

About 25 parents and students attended portions of the rain-soaked rally, including senior Hannah Filler, who said there is a double standard for students and administrators.

"The administration, they get away with everything, and kids get punished for the littlest things, and I just don't think it's fair," Filler said.

The sex toy was described as being a pink phallus about 10 inches long and about 3 inches thick with a suction cup at its base that was found in a school locker room. The toy was allegedly given as a gag gift at an administrators' Christmas party and thrown across the room during an administrative cabinet meeting.

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The Lebanon Daily News

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