Names of school employees accused of disparaging parents online released

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by KMOV.com Staff and Chris Stanford / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 6 at 10:20 PM

(KMOV.com) – The Fox C-6 district released the names of the employees who have been placed on administrative leave for allegedly making disparaging comments about parents online.

Superintendent Dianne Critchlow, her husband and Assistant Superintendent Jamie Critchlow; Assistant Superintendent Dan Baker, and his wife, Federal Programs Director Angie Baker have been placed on leave and had their pay suspended until the district completes an investigation.

The district announced it had placed four employees on administrative leave Wednesday but did not identify them until Friday.

Two parents told News 4 they were defamed on Topix.com after they posted comments critical of some of the district’s policies.

"It was said that I molested children, that I was a pedophile," said former district employee Sam Ferry. 

Parent Michelle Tyler said she was also accused of beastiality, among other things.

Attorney Dan Herman said he began to investigate and determined district employees were behind the inappropriate posts. Herman said he traced a majority of comments back to the home of Dianne Critchlow.

“I’m kind of disgusted with the superintendent’s behavior and hoping they resolve this issue soon,” parent Amanda Stevens said.

Other comments were allegedly traced back to two district administrators and a former principal. The school board on Wednesday held a closed-door meeting, naming assistant superintendent Tim Crutchly interim superintendent.

“Four employees of the school district have been put on administrative leave with pay pending further investigation,” Fox School Board President John Laughlin said.

On the heels of this scandal, is a brand new push to hold Fox School District leaders accountable.  One parent is trying to unite the school community saying there are specific issues the school board needs to address. Nikki McClain organized a community meeting for Friday evening.

McClain’s message for the Fox community is clear; create an open dialogue between the public, teachers, the school board, and district administrators.  She believes they all need to focus on making sure district dollars are spent wisely, making sure educating students I the priority, not salaries.

"Accountability has got to be shown on how every penny is spent. I don't care if it means scrutinizing every penny for the first several years."

McClain says she invited school board members to Friday’s meeting, however none were in attendance.

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