No evidence MPPS staff member slapped college student – ​​The Morning Sun

The Isabella County prosecutor questioned the story of Mt. Pleasant Middle School, one of whom said a school staff member slapped her after blocking her from leaving the gymnasium the last week.

“The entire conflict was recorded on the school security system,” Dave Barberi wrote in a letter to the Mt. Pleasant Police Department. “After reviewing the school surveillance video, it was clear that no assault had taken place.”

Additionally, Barberi wrote that it appeared that, based on the video and interviews with uninvolved witnesses, four students – including the sixth who said she was slapped – confronted the staff member, who been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. and not named pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

An email seeking comment from Mt. Pleasant Superintendent Jennifer Verleger on whether they reinstated the employee — or pursued disciplinary action against the students involved — has yet to receive a response.

The pupil’s mother said she was “furious” at the way the findings of the investigation were disseminated. The first time she heard about Barberi’s decision was from a news article on a local TV channel’s website that alleged her daughter made it all up.

“The degree of doubt and defeat she feels about the 9&10 article cannot be faked,” Elise Morey said. Barberi called the headline unfortunate, that it didn’t say the students made up the assault, but that he had no proof it happened.

In his letter, Barberi wrote that he not only viewed the video, but that they interviewed “uninterested” students standing nearby who he said indicated the sixth-grader and his friends had confronted. the employee.

Previously, Morey said her daughter was trying to leave due to previous conflicts with some of the other students at the gymnasium. It is not clear if the students interviewed by the police understood these students.

Martha K. Merrill