Smith-Green Board issues statement, says sex assault allegations ‘unfounded’

Churubusco Junior-Senior High School
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Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 10:26 AM EST
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CHURUBUSCO, Ind. (WPTA) - The Smith-Green Community School Board on Monday said accusations that students were sexually assaulted on a school campus are “unfounded.”

The matter has been under investigation by Indiana State Police, and a special prosecutor was assigned this month to receive the findings after the Whitley County prosecutor recused himself.

Smith-Green officials said the Churubusco Junior-Senior High School administration launched its own investigation to determine what disciplinary actions may be warranted. In its statement, the Board said that “two experienced, well-respected, retired superintendents from outside the area reviewed the investigators and discipline process... (and) determined that the process and the punishment imposed were proper, ethical and appropriate.”

The Board asserted that “no one received special consideration in the handling of the incident” and refuted suggestions that Superintendent Daniel Hile demonstrated favoritism of otherwise acted inappropriately.

“Vindictive social media crusades based on falsehoods, half-truths, and gossip cannot and will not alter our conviction that we have the best team in place to lead our schools,” the statement reads.

At a school board meeting in October and in social media posts, some parents alleged that bullying at the school had reached a point of criminal conduct, including an incident in which students were allegedly urinated on and sodomized in a junior high school locker room.

ABC21 has reached out to the Indiana State Police for additional information on the investigation. This is a developing story.

Smith-Green Community Schools said it found no evidence supporting claims of a sexual assault...
Smith-Green Community Schools said it found no evidence supporting claims of a sexual assault on a school campus.(WPTA)

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