BLANCHESTER — More than 100 people Wednesday stood along Cherry Street, many holding signs, to show support for the Blanchester High School principal who was put on leave following a complaint.
Many of the rally participants were students or recent students home for Thanksgiving. A number of motorists honked the horns of their vehicles as they drove by.
As previously reported, Rick Hosler was placed on paid administrative leave, a move recommended by the school district’s legal counsel, according to Blanchester Local Schools Superintendent Dean Lynch.
Lisa Simpson, the mother of Blanchester High School class of 2012 graduate Alicia Fravel, said Hosler is “an administrator who cares about kids.” She said Hosler helped build the sets for high school theatrical productions, an activity her daughter was involved with.
Blanchester High School sophomore Shyanne Hedstrom said Hosler is “not just a principal, he’s a friend” who’s willing to help her, so she felt she should be at the rally “to help him with his job.”
Connie Abirachev of Midland said, “We want answers and we want our principal back.”
To show that students like Hosler, Abirachev said a group of students went to see him at a rehearsal for the recent “Dancing With the Stars” fundraiser at The Murphy Theatre, in which Hosler participated.
Melissa Wallace, secretary at the high school for 16 years, said Hosler “goes above and beyond for everybody. He would take the shirt off his back to help.”
Lynch has said he cannot discuss the complaint in detail, as reported Wednesday in the News Journal.
“Being placed on paid administrative leave is being taken as part of an investigatory procedure, and does not constitute any disciplinary action or determination of any wrongdoing,” Lynch said in a prepared statement reported Wednesday.
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