Is Principal to Blame in Mingo Sexual Assault Scandal?

MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The sexual assault allegations at Burch Middle School in Mingo County were first reported in May of 2013.

By state law they should have been reported to police within 48 hours. Instead, State Police didn't learn about them for ten months.

The school's principal, Jada Hunter, asked the victim's parents not to call the police, saying she would "take care of it." That left the parents with the impression she would make the call herself.

The 32-page injunction released Thursday describes Hunter's interaction with the students and parents involved in the case. It lists meetings and phone calls that happened, and some that didn't.

One list shows four days when Hunter failed to return phone calls from the parents of a victim.

It was also revealed that Hunter threatened disciplinary action towards one victim for stepping forward at the same meeting where one of the defendant's fathers acknowledged his son's wrong-doing. However, Hunter said without "witnesses" the admission was moot.

Only at one point in the document does it say the defendants were reprimanded, with two-day suspensions, as well as being denied an ice cream break during the WESTEST.

Employees at Burch Middle School and the Mingo County Board of Education, listed in a civil injunction, were served on Friday. Click the link to the right to read more on the injunction.

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