IPS board votes to fire 2 administrators who failed to report sex abuse allegations

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The IPS school board  unanimously voted to fire two school administrators for how they handled a child seduction case involving a school counselor and several of her students.

"It  really astounds me that a board that’s supposed to act responsibly and represent IPS for the city of Indianapolis can make that decision," explains Bill Jensen, former Longfellow Assistant Principal.

The board believes Longfellow Assistant Principal Bill Jensen and Director of Student Services Deb Leser broke school policy by not immediately reporting the allegations to DCS.  Both administrators were made aware of claims that counselor, Shana Taylor was having sex with students.  Jensen and Leser say they followed policy when they told their supervisors about the Taylor allegations.

"She actually told me you came to the expert this is good I trusted the guidance I was going to be given was correct. I followed exactly what she told me to do. Unfortunately, she told me not to call police at the time," explains Jensen.

It took nearly a week for anyone in the district to call police or DCS.  Taylor was arrested and is facing nine counts of child seduction.

ISP Human Relations Director Tina Hester and case manager, Shalon Dabney were each criminally charged with failing to report.  Both resigned last month, the same day, Superintendent Lewis Ferebee sent them a letter recommending their termination.

Board President, Mary Ann Sullivan released a statement saying in part, 'The last five months have been a difficult time for IPS and the IPS family.  We have been the focus of public attention due to a very unfortunate situation.  An incident that was not only, in itself tragic, but also was not handled well by far too many people.  The board and the administration accept our responsibility for any mistakes. We are doing everything in our power to ensure this never happens again.'

"This is truly an astounding decision and it’s nothing short of in my opinion, the end of Lewis Ferebee and the end of this board," explains Kevin Betz, attorney representing Jensen and Leser.

FOX 59 was told Ferebee was not available for comment.


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