Classical Academy Principal Reinstated

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Hugh Di Petore, principal of The Classical Academy, was reinstated Friday by the school’s board of directors. He was put on administrative leave after parents expressed outrage over the school's handling of incendiary devices found on the campus.

It was later uncovered school officials knew for days about a number of suspicious devices left on campus, but failed to report them. The packages were found on April 2 but not reported until four days later. They turned out to contain incendiary devices, consisting of propane tanks, flares, rubbing alcohol and a model rocket engine.

The board was also informed for the first time Monday night about a third device identified prior to the incident last week. That device contained a jar of rubbing alcohol and various smoking fireworks.

The school's president, Dr. David Bohn, resigned on the heels of that incident.

Students, however, rallied behind Principal Di Petore. In just one day, 242 out of 560 students signed a petition in support of him being reinstated.

Although police spokesperson Barbara Miller says that an arrest was made in connection with the incendiary devices, she was unable to provide any identifying information about the suspect because they are a juvenile.

The suspect faces charges of possession/use or removal of an explosive or incendiary device, a felony, and interference with staff or students of an educational facility.

Miller was able to confirm that the investigation did focus on one person of interest early on. They conducted several interviews and then arrested the suspect.

Sources tell 11 News the suspect is a sophomore at the school, but neither the school nor police will confirm.


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