by Ron Gregory
WILLIAMSON — Officers with the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police have confirmed they are investigation an incident involving the Principal and a female student at Mingo Central Comprehensive High School in Newtown.
Sergeant M.S. Lively told the Corridor Chronicle Monday morning that Sergeant P.J. Dick of the Williamson Detachment are investigating. Williamson attorney Justin Marcum had announced last week that he represents the parents of a minor student at MCCHS who claims to have “smacked and shoved” by Principal Daniel Dean at the school.
Marcum has said he has interviewed several witnesses to the incident. He has called upon the Mingo School Board to investigate the matter independently and suspend the principal.
At press time, the BOE and school were refusing to respond to media inquiries. Messages left at both the central office for the Superintendent and at the school for Dean have not been returned. A secretary in the central office told a reporter Friday that the superintendent is “tied up in lots of meetings.”
A state Board of Education spokesperson asked a reporter to put his questions in writing so she could “direct them to the right person.”
Supporters of Dean and his son, educator and Delegate Mark Dean, have complained that the newspaper will not give Dean’s “side of the story.” We have responded on social media that we cannot report someone’s “side” if they are in hiding and refuse to respond to us.
This story will be updated as the situation warrants.