BLANCHESTER — Supporters of Blanchester High School Principal Rick Hosler have created a website, www.teamhosler.com, asking for information and RSVPs more than a week ahead of the Dec. 21 school board meeting.
The site includes comments from Hosler that Hosler’s attorney, John Concannon, confirmed were Hosler’s as well as articles and a “how you can help Rick” section, which asks visitors to send information to Concannon.
“I created the website with a group of talented individuals as a way to show support for Rick Hosler and the community members supporting him, known now as Team Hosler,” said Brice Carpenter. “The website is designed as a central hub for communicating the facts surrounding the allegations and perceptions of Rick Hosler’s leave. The site’s content is a collaborative effort from community members and the leadership group of Team Hosler.”
The site also describes Team Hosler as a grassroots organization that shows solidarity with Hosler and wants him reinstated.
“To this end, they are committed to the distribution of the facts and their accurate representation in the court of public opinion and within the media,” the site reads. “Our confidence in Rick Hosler, and with the facts of the overall situation, will lead to the ultimate support of the public on behalf of Rick and the clearing of his name.
“When the public has the opportunity to review the facts of each and every allegation against Rick, they too will see the half-truths and how they have been distorted to negatively impact the good name of a great man,” the website’s statement continued.
In addition to calling the allegations “half-truths,” the website says they “were being used to develop a mountain of doubt in his character and his capabilities” while it asks for people to provide info to Hosler’s attorney John Concannon.
The website also includes a statement from Hosler, wherein he thanks supporters and says, “Throughout my career and life as a whole I have had to face a number of challenges, like we all have. But, in my opinion God challenges us so that we grow stronger and can in turn use that strength to assist others who face their own challenges.”
On the site, Concannon says he has requested a change of venue for that meeting. Currently, the board is scheduled to meet in the high school media center.
Concannon told the News Journal he made the request because he believes there will be at least a couple hundred people attending and he wants a space that can hold that many.
The website is the latest in a series of moves by Hosler supporters. To date, students have protested in favor of Hosler, and a petition on www.change.org has reached more than 500 signatures.
Reach Nathan Kraatz at 937-382-2574, ext. 2510 or on Twitter @NathanKraatz.