What is going on at the Ashland Middle School? Accusations are Flying, Questions are being Asked
Amidst a flurry of accusations and a wave of questions, the Ashland Middle School community finds itself grappling with an unsettling situation, triggered by an anonymous member on the Facebook page, The Ashland Chatter.
The thought-provoking question, which emerged yesterday, raised concerns about the school's failure to notify parents of the termination of archery coach Chapman, for alleged sexual harassment of Middle School students.
The ensuing response has been nothing short of explosive, with serious accusations flying and a disheartening consensus that this misconduct may have persisted for years. Disgruntled comments condemning the school's lack of action have flooded the thread, expressing sentiments such as disbelief over the delayed response, and frustration that children were not protected.
Personal stories further highlight the severity of the situation, with stories of discomfort and inappropriate behavior, dating back a couple of decades. Amidst the rising tension, questions have been raised about why these matters were not addressed earlier.
One parent sent a copy of a text from Ashland City Schools Superintendent Steve Paramore saying the following:
Ashland Middle School Families,
The District placed an Ashland Middle School employee on paid administrative leave following a report of alleged inappropriate conduct. We take these allegations very seriously, and we are conducting a thorough investigation into the matter. The primary objective of this investigation is to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, staff and the entire school community. The employee will remain on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. During the course of this investigation, the employee will not be permitted on Ashland City School District property, nor will they be permitted to have any interaction with any students of the school district. Our top priority is ensuring a safe environment for our students, and the District has high expectations for employees’ conduct. We encourage all students, families, and community members to always share any concerns with a staff member, administrator, or utilize our anonymous Safer Ohio Tip Line via text or call at 1-844-SaferOH (1-844-723-3764). We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work to maintain a safe and respectful learning environment for our students and staff.
Steve Paramore Superintendent Ashland City Schools
Ashland Police Division Chief, David A. Lay, confirms that there is currently no police involvement in the matter. The district remains focused on ensuring a safe and respectful learning environment for its students and staff. As the investigation unfolds, the community's cooperation and understanding are greatly appreciated as they work towards maintaining trust and tranquility within the school walls.
If anyone has information, file a complaint with the Detectives at the Ashland Police Division, at (419) 289-3639, or utilize anonymous Safer Ohio Tip Line via text or call at 1-844-SaferOH (1-844-723-3764).