McCracken County sheriff: Charges against some don’t reflect school system as a whole

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY- It’s been a week full of developments coming from the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department investigation into criminal allegations against people connected to McCracken County High School.

On Friday, we learned that Daniel Edwards was charged with harassing communications. That stems from an incident described in a criminal complaint we obtained. That complaint says Edwards solicited nude photos from a former high school student last summer. The sheriff’s office also says there was another allegation involving a current student, but no details have been released about that aspect of the case.

Wednesday, Sheriff Matt Carter held a news conference in which he addressed several criminal allegations within the school system. A total of five people have been charged as a result of his department’s investigation. Those are Prinicpal Michael Ceglinski, Director of Pupil Personnel Brian Bowland, former Fishing Coach John Parks, and 18 year-old student Princekumar Joshi. Now, we know the fifth person — who was not named in that news conference — is Edwards.

Reflecting on the week, Carter says there are still good teachers within the school system doing the right things.

“One or two people that have allegedly made bad decisions or errors in judgement is not, should not, be a reflection upon these teachers as a whole. I mean, again, I can’t reiterate enough, the number of heroes that are out there in those systems and helping kids on a daily basis,” Carter said.

Edwards is expect in court on March 7.

Because McCracken County High School Principal Michael Ceglinski says he has been suspended, Ginger Stewart has been appointed interim principal. Stewart sent a message to families Friday to let them know about what students can expect at the school regarding positions currently empty because of the other staff suspensions.

In full, her message reads:

Great day. MCHS students and teachers want to have school and we did that today. Thank you to each of you who are supporting that effort. My focus is on our students. Each day I am able to spend more and more time with them. They are pretty awesome.

Mr. Jeff Sturm, retired teacher, counselor and head football coach, is here assisting in our athletic department until that position is filled.

I have talked to so many parents who agree that we all need to unplug from our electronics as much as is possible. Can we start this weekend?

I appreciate all of those parents and guardians who are, at the same time, diligently monitoring your student’s activity on cell phones as we know that we are living in the digital world.

Have a great weekend.

Ginger Stewart

Interim Principal

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