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Update to Paulding School's Rock Memorial
By ANDREW LOGSDON | firstname.lastname@example.org
We've been following a story for you out of Paulding, Ohio.
Last week, a man asked the Paulding school board to remove a rock honoring former teacher Don Schnepp because he alleges Schnepp raped him over thirty years ago at the school.
It's been a week since Vance brought those allegations to the school board, and the rock is still in place.
We spoke to the superintendent to ask what it'll take to get the rock removed.
"What I can tell you is that everything that Barry had brought to me, I investigated and I could not find any definitive facts to support it,” Paudling Exempt Village Schools Superintendent Bill Hanak says.
Barry Vance met with Hanak in February with the rape allegations against former Paulding Middle School teacher Don Schnepp.
Vance says he got this letter from Hanak a week later calling the investigation closed.
Hanak says after thirty-two years, evidence is scarce.
He says hard evidence would be for another victim to come forward.
And so far, he says, no one else has.
"We need somebody else to come forward. They don't have to be afraid anymore, and they don't have to be ashamed anymore. And not only coming forward for them self... But also all the kids in the future,” Vance says.
His sister has started an online petition asking for the removal of the memorial rock.
So far, it is up to 263 signatures.
Another person who wants the rock removed is Cristelda Dunakin.
Her son, Aaron Holland, committed suicide in 2005.
"When the students after my son's death, wanted to put stuff on their lockers in his memory, they were told that they were not allowed to do so because of the way he died,” Dunakin says.
She says because of Schnepp's suicide, the rock needs to go.
The school board meets again on Tuesday, May 20th.
The rock is not on the agenda currently, but we'll keep you updated to its progress.
You can read the petition to remove the rock here-