Olentangy High School Principal, Mr. Robert Griffiths, has been placed on paid administrative leave following allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination.
A confidential memo obtained by ABC 6 reveals that Griffiths is facing serious accusations, prompting an immediate investigation by the school district.
The memo outlines the complaint, which accuses Griffiths of making disparaging comments towards a district employee.
Allegedly, Griffiths mocked the district’s efforts to establish a women’s leadership program and deliberately scheduled conflicting meetings to prevent the complainant from participating. The document also details aggressive behavior, profanity, and derogatory remarks directed at the complainant and others.
While the allegations primarily focus on verbal misconduct, the memo suggests that if substantiated, Griffiths’ actions may constitute misconduct falling outside the scope of Title IX regulations. Despite the serious nature of the accusations, Griffiths is presumed not responsible throughout the investigation, according to the memo.
Griffiths, who has been the principal at Olentangy High School for the past six years and has served in the district for 22 years, was placed on leave effective October 9, 2023. The Olentangy School District has assigned an attorney to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the matter.
In response to the situation, the school district released a statement reaffirming its commitment to providing a safe and positive learning environment for students and staff.
The district emphasized that this incident does not compromise the safety of the students or the academic integrity at Olentangy High School. They underscored the importance of fair and impartial investigations when misconduct allegations are made against staff members, stating that professional behavior should always align with the expectations for students.
As the investigation unfolds, the Olentangy community remains on edge, awaiting the outcome of this disturbing incident that has sent shockwaves through the school district. Further updates on the investigation are expected in the coming weeks.
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