Parents React to Allegations Against Principal
Parents are upset after a West Harrison High School principal is accused of pulling down a student's pants.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Mondamin, IA - One after the other, parents drive past KMTV Action 3 News' camera, not wanting to talk about the allegations against West Harrison High School principal Mike Loftin.
Finally, a few brave people stop to talk and those who did had a lot to say.
"It's just wrong, you shouldn't put your hands on a kid period," a parent said.
"He needs to be fired, he needs to lose his credentials and as far as I'm concerned he needs to go to jail," Jennifer Hatcher said.
A freshman basketball player told KMTV Action 3 News Loftin, who coaches the girl's basketball team, pulled her pants down in front of the other players. The girl says the whole thing was caught on camera.
"I was really shocked and really embarassed and my eyes started watering and I just sat on the ground," the alleged victim said.
The freshman student, her mother, and their lawyer met with the Harrison County Sheriff to officially file a complaint against the principal. Since the incident students tell us school officials have threatened them not to talk about it to the media.
"They told us that if we even talk about it at school then we'll get suspended. I'm kinda mad about it cause it's news and they also blocked your website so we can't even know what's going on," Shelby Hatcher said.
"By telling the kids if they talk about it they'll get suspended for five days, I think they're trying to sweep it under the rug," Jennifer Hatcher said.
KMTV Action 3 News Reporter Kandiss Crone stopped by Loftin's house to get his side. A man inside refused to comment.
The school's superintendent would not comment, saying it's a personnel issue.