Monday, August 5, 2013

Will more shoes drop in district investigation?

Bob Gagnon
What a juxtaposition of events Monday.
A.) Bob Gagnon and Scott Martin  were put on paid leave by Manatee County Schools Superintendent Rick Mills.
B.) Attorney Ed Mulock filed to have seven of 10 counts dismissed against Rod Frazier.
C.) Manatee High School began football practice.
Coinicidental or otherwise, Monday's series of events point toward some kind of closure at last to an episode that has been ongoing and been investigated by three separate agencies over the past nine months:
1.) Boca Raton Police Department.
2.) State Attorney's office.
3.) Manatee School District.
Gagnon, an assistant superintendent, and Martin, a staff attorney, made their abrupt exit from the school administration building because of information obtained in an internal investigation into the case involving Frazier, formerly an assistant football coach for the Manatee Hurricanes and parent liaison at the school.
On July 19, Frazier was charged with seven counts of misdemeanor battery involving allegations of improper conduct involving students and staff members at Manatee.
Frazier denied the charges, but he resigned from the school district July 26.
Now another shoe has dropped.
Gagnon was principal at Manatee during a portion of Frazier's time there, but the extent of his involvement in this episode is unclear.
The same goes for Martin, who took over the district probe before Bradenton police began their investigation in early February.
It's possible other names will be forthcoming before Troy Pumphrey, the district's new investigator who reopened its investigation two weeks ago, is done.
Stay tuned.

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