BRADENTON, Fla. - Manatee County Schools Superintendent Rick Mills held a press conference Friday morning regarding controversy within the district. Several administrators are facing charges stemming from the investigation into former Manatee High assistant football coach Rod Frazier.
At the press conference, Mills released a statement on the four administrators who now face federal charges. Those people are Assistant Superintendent Bob Gagnon, Prine Elementary assistant principal Debra Horne, Palmetto High assistant principal Greg Faller, and Southeast High assistant principal Matt Kane.
“Any charge involving an employee of the school district is a cause for great concern. When the charges include failure to report suspected abuse or giving false information to law enforcement, they are especially troubling and go directly to the primary responsibility of this school district – ensuring the safety and security of students and employees,” said Mills.
Some of those charges include Failure to Report Child Abuse and Reporting False Information to Law Enforcement.
Superintendent Mills also mentioned that they are conducting their own investigation into this issue, and they will release the results of that investigation as soon as they get more details, and they will continue to process that.
And we're learning more details about the police investigation of Frazier. In a lengthy investigative report released Friday by Bradenton Police, investigators say they interviewed 49 people, including students and staff at Manatee High School.
They found when the allegations of Frazier fondling a female student in November of last year were investigated by the school district, they were never reported to police.
Police say that the district’s internal investigation lasted only one day, and that Assistant Superintendent Bob Gagnon, the former principal at Manatee High who supervised Frazier, asked school district investigator Debra Horne to wrap it up quickly. Frazier was reinstated the next day and allowed to coach in a Manatee High football playoff game that night.
There are also reports of a confrontation between Gagnon and Frazier at an end of school year party at a local restaurant, where Gagnon told Frazier to "buck up" and to leave the girls alone.
We'll have much more on this report tonight on ABC 7 News at 5.