PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Brownsville school employee accused of arranging to have three administrators assaulted has been put on leave.
The Brownsville Area School District Solicitor says the 56-year-old employee, who has not been identified or charged, has been put on administrative leave with pay following allegations that three current administrators were targeted.
“It was brought to my attention today that the district has placed that individual on what’s called administrative leave at this in time. So that person is not currently working in the building,” said Jeremy Davis, the district’s solicitor.
State Police also say they are conducting an active investigation.
Brownsville Area School District Superintendent Philip Savini never mentioned it at Thursday’s board meeting, but police say he was one of the three intended targets.
“I cannot say too much. There is an ongoing investigation. Police have been notified of some alleged incidents,” said Davis on Thursday night.
A State Police press release lists Brownsville Middle School as the location of the incident, stating there’s an investigation into whether an unidentified school employee asked another unidentified employee to find someone to assault former Assistant Superintendent Harry Miale.
Miale told KDKA that police hadn’t talked to him yet, and he didn’t know anything about it until KDKA called.
According to the release, police are investigating if it happened a second time with Miale, former Superintendent Lawrence Golembiewski and current Superintendent Savini all being the targets.
Meanwhile, people in Brownsville are angry and embarrassed by the state police investigation.
“The people I’ve spoken with say that they’re kind of upset and angry that an administrator would go to those lengths,” Gary Bella, a Brownsville resident, said.
“I think it’s sad to see something like this in our school district, especially when us parents had to hear about it on the news first. My children were scared to go to school today after hearing that on the news yesterday,” said Beverly Daugherty, a parent. “I would like to see the person who has done this to never be allowed back in our school district again.”
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