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Rape investigation renews criticism of Tunica superintendent

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - There's more fallout amid a gang rape investigation at Rosa Fort High School in Tunica County. We've learned deputies came to the school to remove an assistant principal from the building.  But some believe bigger heads need to roll.

"She was put into a police car and escorted off campus," said Committee for Educational Improvement member Robert Hall.

He and others told us assistant principal Shirley Cathey's removal from Rosa Fort High School this week happened right in front of students.

"I think it's ludicrous, to have a tenured educator and administrator treated in such a manner," said Hall.  "It's almost criminal."

Cathey was terminated, along with a teacher, for violating school board policy. But many believe she had nothing to do with the
alleged gang rape of a 15-year-old special needs student that remains under investigation.

"When that came out, all of the sudden she and the teacher involved were sent home," said Hall.

Robert Hall and his group claim the pair were scapegoats and that Tunica County Superintendent Stephen Chandler is the real problem.

"I mean, it's like a three-ring circus and I don't know if he's the circus master or the clown, the way he does things," said Hall. "But it's very unprofessional."

Chandler was the focus of a march last summer following the firing of another beloved principal and coach. Teachers have since
organized "sick outs" and delivered a 1000+ signature petition to officials in Jackson.

"We went to the state department of education and asked that he be removed or his license suspended or something," said Hall.  "So he can get out of the way and education can continue in Tunica County."

Superintendent Chandler did not return our phone calls Tuesday night.  It's unclear if the state can do anything, since the superintendent is an elected position in Tunica County.

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