Jackson County (WLNS)– Hanover-Horton School District’s Superintendent John Denney sent out a letter to parents yesterday, informing them that a high school teacher was placed on administrative leave for misconduct allegations.
“I’m not surprised by it at all as a parent,” Otis Robert Diamond Jr., parent of a Hanover-Horton High School senior said.
“We’ve actually heard that for years as parents and stuff in the community, but you have nothing factual to go by so you just trust the leadership at the school and trust the community that we’re doing the right thing and that if it is factual that we’re addressing it,” Diamond said.
In his letter, Superintendent Denney informed parents that he received an email from a former student which raised serious misconduct allegations against high school teacher Matt Resor.
“All three of my children were not surprised, but they’ve said the same thing that I did: there’s nothing factual, so how do you handle a situation like that,” Diamond said.
These allegations come just weeks after the district made the decision to start the process of firing longtime teacher and coach Johnnie Stewart after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a student back in 1998. Stewart was not charged due to insufficient evidence and Diamond says it’s going to take more than outspoken parents like himself to solve these issues.
“I think it’s great that some of the younger generations–recent graduates are speaking up and saying yes, this is going on, I’ve heard about it. It’s going to take all ages and everybody in that community to purge out the bad people and bring it back to a great community and a great school district that we’re known for being,” Diamond said.
Resor has been placed on paid, non-disciplinary administrative leave as the school investigates the allegations. The district’s superintendent tells 6 News that the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has also been provided with information.
6 News reached out to Mr. Resor for comment. His attorney, Mike Nichols, responded via email on his behalf:
“Mr. Resor is accused of conduct that basically, he violated every personal and professional standard that he hold dear by a former student. It is both hurtful and angering at the same time. We intend to challenge and contest the charges that relate to his conduct as an educator OVER 10 years ago. For now, we will have further information but need to investigate on our own just what these claims are and, almost just as important- what is behind them. The people of the school district deserve to know the truth.”