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Two former Manatee High School principals suspended

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Shortly after former Manatee High Assistant Principals Greg Faller and Matt Kane became the 4th and 5th administrators placed on paid leave Thursday, we learned of criminal charges from the state attorneys' office.

Assistant Superintendent Bob Gagnon, Faller and Kane are all charged with failure to report child abuse. Each is also charged with giving false information to law enforcement.

Debra Horne, the initial internal investigator, is also charged with failure to report child abuse.

Parents were none too pleased.

"As a parent with a child who goes to public school, it's disconcerting to say the least," Sherri Lasater said.

"If they had any knowledge of it, they should've reported it," Vicki Friel said.

"It" being the alleged touching between coach Rod Frazier and female students. According to the police investigation, it was witnessed by numerous people, teachers and kids.

He's alleged to have grabbed girls' rears and sent sexually charged texts.

The report says some of this was brought up to the administration but little or no action was taken.

"If they were hiding something, it was because of football, and I don't think they should've done that," said Anna Strahorn, a MHS Junior.

Frazier was suspended for a single day last year and returned to coach a playoff football game. A staffer told police he believes that initial investigation was rushed because of the game, pointing to a cover-up.

"Being suspended for a day and coming back for football and coming back like nothing happened, it's weird to me," Strahorn said.

Frazier resigned in July. He's charged with seven counts of battery and three counts of school interference.

He says he's innocent.

Police also noted they found 1000's of pornographic pictures on his school computer.

The Manatee County School District continues to investigate and has placed the employees on paid administrative leave.

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LINK:

Documents released in Rod Frazier investigation:

http://content.foxtvmedia.com/wtvt/html/misc/Manatee%20High%20School%20Investigation%202013.pdf

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