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https://www.indystar.com/story/news/education/2019/10/08/tri-west-high-school-tyler-bruce-allegations-michael-springer-out/3913961002/

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The superintendent of the North West Hendricks School Corporation has left the school district amid allegations that the Tri-West High School head football coach abused a female student

The school board approved Michael Springer's departure from the school district Tuesday, Springer confirmed to IndyStar. He declined to comment further. 

The separation comes amid allegations that Tri-West football coach Tyler Bruce molested and abused a female student and threatened to retaliate if she told anyone. Allegations against Bruce are detailed in a tort claim notice dated Aug. 6. 

Bruce has been under investigation by the Hendricks County Sheriff's Office and the Indiana Department of Child Services since a school resource officer submitted a tip to the sheriff's office in May. Bruce has denied the allegations, and he has not been charged with a crime. He is on paid administrative leave. 

In July, the school board unanimously denied a recommendation to fire Bruce. In an August statement, the board said it didn't fire him because of "the preponderance of evidence delivered at the employee's requested conference with the school board."

The statement did not elaborate on what evidence was presented at the conference. Jim Diagostino, president of the school board, did not elaborate on the evidence when IndyStar reached him by email in August.

The Indiana Department of Education also seeks to revoke Bruce's teaching licenses. The department stated in a complaint filed Sept. 6 that Bruce "committed acts that involve immorality, misconduct in office, incompetency, and/or willful neglect of duty."

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Interesting.  Looks like the good 'ole boys network completely runs the North West Hendricks School Corporation.  How dare a superintendent try to fire a local legend..................

 

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This young lady and her family, the coach that has these allegations against him and his family, the school administration and the Tri-West Community as a whole, needs our prayers right now.

Truth always wins!

Prayers to all ....

 

as always, the game is better

from_the sidelines007

 

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This is a complete mess.  Hopefully, the school board knows something that no one else knows.  Otherwise its a bad look for them.  Plus, now the volleyball coach got fired over some BS snapchat to a player at another school.  Thru all of this, Interim coach Jason Ward has done a great job keeping the football program focused and excited every week. 

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17 minutes ago, superjay said:

Plus, now the volleyball coach got fired over some BS snapchat to a player at another school.

I’d have fired her.

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Former Tri-West football coach charged with child seduction, obstruction: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2020/01/29/former-tri-west-football-coach-charged-seduction-obstruction/4607128002/

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Police arrested former Tri-West High School football coach Tyler Bruce on allegations of an "inappropriate relationship" with a student.

Hendicks County Sheriff's deputies arrested Bruce, 31, at his Pittsboro home about 9 p.m. Tuesday on charges of child seduction and obstruction of justice, Capt. Amanda Goings said.

He was booked into the Hendricks County Jail and released on $500 bond, she said.

Bruce's arrest stemmed "from the 2019 investigation into allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a student," according to Goings.

She said the sheriff's office received an anonymous tip in May and has since been working with the Department of Child Services and the Northwest Hendricks School Corporation to investigate.

In August, the family of Bruce's alleged victim filed a tort claim notice against the school corporation claiming he coerced the teenage student into sending him photos and threatened the teenage student if she told anyone.

Bruce denied the allegations.

An official with the Northwest Hendricks School Corporation said they will be releasing a statement Wednesday.

 

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A documented history of snap chatting a 17 year old girl. The truth finally comes out. I'm guessing lawsuits and firings are on the horizon. 

 

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The more I read the more this makes me sick. I can not stress this enough school is suppose to be a safe place for students. Also I feel as if the accused was given the benefit of the doubt because he used to be their star quarterback. I hope they throw the book at him if these allegations are true. 

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He also had family on the school board. That's my guess why he wasn't fired immediately but I'm probably wrong 

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Per the article regarding the firing of the Principal, Surveillance footage viewed in May shows Bruce and the female, alone, entering his darkened office on multiple occasions. And at that point he was just told to not be alone with the girl!! WTF. This reads as if the Principal and School Board hero worshiped Bruce as opposed to protect a 17 year old girl. Disgusting.

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5 hours ago, Boilernation said:

Per the article regarding the firing of the Principal, Surveillance footage viewed in May shows Bruce and the female, alone, entering his darkened office on multiple occasions. And at that point he was just told to not be alone with the girl!! WTF. This reads as if the Principal and School Board hero worshiped Bruce as opposed to protect a 17 year old girl. Disgusting.

Wish I could somehow disagree...

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39 minutes ago, 1st_and_10 said:

Words can not describe how angry this makes me as a teacher and a coach. I know that in our court system you are innocent until proven guilty, but man this looks really bad to try and wipe your phone completely. On top of that I can't believe the school board would still allow a relative of his to vote for his termination. Just reading all the stories about this makes me want to take a shower.

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On 1/30/2020 at 9:26 AM, 1st_and_10 said:

This entire situation has made education even harder for educators and coaches who are the opposite sex as their students.  I know many teachers feel as if they must always have a witness with them after school hours.  This isn't a sad situation.  It is a depressing one.

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45 minutes ago, Coach_K said:

This entire situation has made education even harder for educators and coaches who are the opposite sex as their students.  I know many teachers feel as if they must always have a witness with them after school hours.  This isn't a sad situation.  It is a depressing one.

It's been that way for a while now ... and not even only with the opposite sex.  I never fully close my door when I'm with a student in my office unless there are other members of the institution present and, even then, only if absolutely necessary to protect a student's confidentiality.

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‘Two-deep leadership’ and ‘no one-on-one contact’ are primary tenets of the Boys Scouts of America's Youth Protection training,  which every adult volunteer and paid professional has to take upon joining the organization, and renew about every two years: https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/01/19/whats-the-difference-between-two-deep-leadership-and-no-one-on-one-contact/

 

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I feel the title of this thread sheds unwarranted guilt on the superintendent. He was doing the right thing, but the board overruled him.  Therefore he resigned.

From The ICON, Hendricks County weekly publication:

Superintendent Mike Springer resigned in October after the school board voted to go against his recommendation to fire the coach.

https://myhcicon.com/suspended-tri-west-football-coach-and-teacher-arrested-on-charges-of-child-seduction/

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On 1/30/2020 at 10:08 AM, Obi-Wan said:

Words can not describe how angry this makes me as a teacher and a coach. I know that in our court system you are innocent until proven guilty, but man this looks really bad to try and wipe your phone completely. On top of that I can't believe the school board would still allow a relative of his to vote for his termination. Just reading all the stories about this makes me want to take a shower.

The old Urban Meyer trick huh?

”Wait, there’s a way to delete text message that are over 30 days old?”

And it worked...

4 hours ago, Coach_K said:

This entire situation has made education even harder for educators and coaches who are the opposite sex as their students.  I know many teachers feel as if they must always have a witness with them after school hours.  This isn't a sad situation.  It is a depressing one.

Yep.

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6 hours ago, foxbat said:

It's been that way for a while now ... and not even only with the opposite sex.  I never fully close my door when I'm with a student in my office unless there are other members of the institution present and, even then, only if absolutely necessary to protect a student's confidentiality.

I’ve taught at schools that have cameras in every classroom. 

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I’m a little confused.. was Bruce still the head coach this at the beginning of this past season? 

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2 hours ago, WolvesOnTheProwl said:

I’m a little confused.. was Bruce still the head coach this at the beginning of this past season? 

Yes, but he was suspended and they had an interim coach all season.

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