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Parents Want Answers After Triton Sex Scandal

Parents confront the board a week after scandal rocks the school.



    Parents of students at Triton High School in Runnemede, NJ, got their first chance to address school leaders in a meeting Thursday night. Three teachers were arrested, accused of having sexual relationships with students. Two administrators are charged with covering it up. NBC10's Marisa Brahney was there for the meeting, and talked to concerned parents. (Published Friday, Oct. 12, 2012)

    Angry parents had their say Thursday night at a meeting of the Black Horse Pike school district. It was their first chance to confront the board since a sex scandal rocked Triton Regional High School.

    "You can't tell me they didn't know.  We knew as parents.  We placed phone calls" one parent told administrators.

    Triton teachers Jeff Logandro, Dan Michelli and Nick Martinelli were arrested last week. They're accused of having sexual relationships with three female students last year. Principal Catherine DePaul and Vice principal Jolee Kolloack are charged with covering up the allegations.

    Parent Shannon Briggs voiced concerns about safety since the investigation is ongoing.

    "So potentially there are still child predators teaching in front of my child" said Briggs. "How do I feel safe sending her there?"

    Other parents are upset that the district hired a public relations firm to manage media coverage of the scandal. The board's attorney says it could cost up to $15-thousand.

    But a number of former Triton students and parents had words of support.

    "What happened does not describe the character of the school. The character of the school is wonderful.  I experienced a wonderful four years at Triton" said  Allison McDermott.

    Right now, all five are suspended with pay. The board voted to suspend them without pay if they're indicted or their teaching licenses are revoked.