- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

LEECHBURG, Pa. (AP) - The vice principal of a western Pennsylvania high school and another administrator have been placed on leave while the district investigates whether they failed to report allegations of inappropriate behavior by a former teacher.

The Leechburg School District didn’t identify the administrators but an attorney hired by one of them, high school vice principal Michelle Ferretti, identified her and said she would never fail to report a legitimate case of child abuse.

Under Pennsylvania law, the principals are “mandatory reporters” who must notify authorities of alleged child abuse.

Leechburg police said last month that nine students have accused an unidentified former substitute of inappropriate contact. Police Chief Mike Diebold hasn’t filed charges, but said then some administrators may have known about the allegations months before which he described as physical but not sexual.


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