Judge Denies Parent's Claim That Principal Harassed Family

Washington Twp. municipal court dismisses Shaun King's allegation he and his family were harassed by Long Valley Middle School principal Mark Ippolito.

A municipal court judge has denied a Long Valley resident’s motion to file a complaint alleging a Washington Township school administrator harassed him and his family.

Judge Frank P. Leanza reviewed the written statement by Shaun King, a resident and parent of a Long Valley Middle School student, which alleged principal Mark Ippolito had harassed the family by way of repeated phone calls and email messages despite King’s request to funnel communication through legal counsel.

Leanza denied the claim, saying it did not meet the definition of harassment, therefore stopping King’s ability to file a formal complaint, according to court officials. In order for the claim to be made an official charge, it first needed to be reviewed in a probable cause hearing. 

King filed a police report and probable cause complaint in late February after the parent and principal got into a verbal dispute regarding the standing of King’s daughter, a seventh-grader at the school.

King told Patch the contentious interactions didn’t start in February, however, and dated back to December of 2013, when the school called for King’s daughter to have physical and mental evaluations after an alleged self-mutilation incident. Medical and psychiatric professionals found no cause for concern and released the teen in December, King told Patch.

Lisa Lung March 08, 2014 at 12:14 PM
I am glad 'Trimmer' that you wrote this - it gives me the nerve to express similary. The faculty/staff, etc, do immediately label you, make assumptions, put you in a certain box and they do not listen and they are not responsive. It does not matter that I have more education in my pinky than most if not all the teachers there, I was treated with great condescension. Sure, they deal with a lot - but they need to remain open minded, as their perception is not correct always - even many times. It is unfortunate that the intrinsic culture of how the school body is, sets up teachers and students and parents to all be at odds.... and the constant CYA leads to unfortunate situations for good kids, but great deals for the entitled. PS. I have heard so much about this bus driver.... and I have seen this 100 mile per hour bus. Come on now.
Paula Managakos March 08, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Perhaps it is all true - the good, the bad and the ugly; depending on the persons involved and each unique stuation. Be careful what you wish for. If Ippolito left, you might soon be begging for him back after you get a new and not-better principal.
LV 1234 March 09, 2014 at 09:02 AM
Very little accountability is the biggest problem. If there are so few consequences for doing things how can anybody control the situation
Liberty March 09, 2014 at 10:56 PM
Harmoni & Lisa--you really need to proof your comments before you post if you want anyone to make sense of them. Lisa--you have more education in your pinky than....etc., etc.? Then the students are really in trouble! What is "similary?" And "...as their perception is not correct always - even many times"--- Huh?!
Paula Managakos March 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM
It is okay for people to feel angry and hurt. No one can say every situation is handled perfectly. But we are human and what is important is that the intent is good and I cannot believe there is ever intent to harm the kids. I go back to Stop (press the pause button) Drop (drop our defenses, drop our need to control or be right) and Listen (listen with compassion, care and love). There is no shame in kids or anyone being bubbly and talkative and there is no shame in anyone feeling depressed sometimes. Parents should not feel judged based on their childrens' behavior. We all need to come together as a community and stop judging each other. We are the example for our kids. I challenge Long Valley to be that community that does not pass judgement, that loves and helps each other, that drops the competition once in a while that offers acceptance to each other and our different opinions. We can do that for the kids who may very well be hurting do to how we (adults) are. It may be true that it was a whole lot more fun to be a kid in the 50s and 60s than now. Imagine if Long Valley can not only provide our kids with a good education but also an environment where ALL of their spirits can soar. We can do it - I know we can. Thanks to LV Patch for letting us chat freely here. Perhaps this case helps us to see that our youth is hurting and we all need to change.


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