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Former Manatee schools employee says she reported coach twice

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"I had to do what I felt," said a former Manatee High School employee, who spoke with us on the condition of anonymity.

She says when it came to assistant coach Rod Frazier and some female students, she got a bad vibe -- so she reported him twice.

"You could just see the relationship looked a little too close for comfort for me," she said.

She was not the only one. In fact, it would seem a lot of people had the same vibe, including teachers who made numerous reports to assistant principals Matt Kane, Greg Faller and principal Bob Gagnon.

They reported inappropriate hugging and touching of female students, sexually charged text messages and one teacher reported finding a student sitting on Frazier's lap and eating cake.

"It is a gut feeling, maybe I was wrong maybe I was right, but it seems like I was right," the former employee said.

Last November, school board investigator Debra Horne looked into allegations against Frazier. As a matter of routine, he was suspended during the investigation, which lasted all of one day.

It ended just in time for a big playoff game.

Horne said in the police report she was told to conduct a speedy investigation because of that game. It said Frazier's presence would be missed if he wasn't there.

LINK: Documents from the Rod Frazier investigation: http://content.foxtvmedia.com/wtvt/html/misc/Manatee%20High%20School%20Investigation%202013.pdf

Her lawyer Peter Lombardo insists she didn't do anything wrong.

"She didn't report it, because she did not reasonably believe that there was child abuse going on and everyone involved in this at the school board agreed with her, including the attorneys," Lombardo said.

But, others said that quick assessment left other victims hopeless, asking themselves why they would come forward if their allegations wouldn't be taken seriously.

Superintendent Rick Mills said the four administrators will be suspended until his team wraps up its own investigation.

"If the Manatee investigation warrants discipline of any of these employees, I will make the appropriate investigation to the school board," said Superintendent Rick Mills.

The school may have a winning football team, but many hope the scandal will soon be in the past.

"The Hurricanes are going to be the Hurricanes, but we do have to weed out the bad apples," the former employee said.

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