McCracken County Schools superintendent speaks on criminal allegations within district

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY-  “I’m sorry.” That’s what Superintendent Brian Harper is saying to parents concerned about their children’s safety at school.

That comes after McCracken County Sheriff Matt Carter announced a news conference set for Wednesday morning to address criminal allegations involving school officials and students under investigation since mid-January.

Harper says right now, he does not know of any other faculty members involved.

Former high school Athletic Director Kris Garrett is under investigation for alleged misconduct. Fishing Coach John Parks faces sex abuse charges. A third school employee is under investigation, but we don’t know who that person is yet.

We asked Harper several questions after Tuesday night’s board meeting. One: What is his message to parents who are concerned about their children’s safety?

“They should expect us to keep everyone safe, and that’s what we’re supposed to do. By no means should they feel that way, and I’m sorry some of them probably are at this point, just because of everything that is going on. It is my job to get it cleaned up, and that’s what I plan on doing. I apologize to those parents, and I apologize to those students. We do have some students who are victims in this and what I ask—I ask for people to pray for our school district. I ask for parents to pray for our school district. I ask for our community to pray for our school district. That’s what we need,” Harper said.

Harper says he’s working with Carter on a meeting next week with school principals and guidance counselors throughout the district to discuss types of incidents that need to be reported. He also says he’s revisiting the school board’s policy on communication between teachers and students.

Carter’s press conference will be Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office.

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