Victim’s parents speak out against administration in battery case

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – The parents of the student reportedly battered at Clinton Prairie High School addressed the administration Tuesday night.

Kyle Johnson, 19, and Austin Martin, 18, were arrested Monday after an investigation that started in April. Both men face three counts of criminal confinement and three counts of battery.

Clinton County Prosecutor Anthony Sommer said the victim in the case did not report the incidents. Sommer said several students who were witnesses saw the incident on the social media sites Instagram and Snapchat. Those students then reported the incident to school officials.

The mother of the victim told school board members she was disappointed with how the administration handled the incident. She claims it took the school corporation three and a half days to report it to authorities. She said it seems like administrators tried to sweep it under the rug. The father suggested that maybe it was kept under wraps to protect star athletes. They declined an interview with News 18, but said this during the meeting:

“We have lost all confidence in this administration, and its ability to function and to protect our students, and to make decisions that are in their best interest,” said the mother.

“I would hope that the board and the administration start looking at some of these complaints from parents and say, ‘Whether it’s student A or student B, is excellent or poor in their sports abilities, we’ve got to do the right thing when an allegation or issue is brought up,” said the father.

Superintendent Chris Sampson said the administration is handling the situation to the best of its capability.

“Our folks were very diligent in making sure the situation was addressed and everyone was given their rights and the proper steps were taken. As with any incident — whether it’s an accident or an action — we debrief, and we will continue to do so, and will do so through the summer months,” said Sampson.

Sampson said one of the students charged has been expelled and the other is in the process, pending some appeals.

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