Principal Mike Loftin of West Harrison Community High School was fired during a special meeting Monday night. Loftin also served as the school’s girls’ basketball coach.
Loftin became mired in a controversy after an incident before a game January 20. A freshman player told Channel 6 News that she forgot to wear her basketball uniform that day. She went home to get it and returned to school. At that point, she said, “I came out of the locker room and we were just messing around and talking and then he just pulled down the side of my pants.”
The girl said she was wearing tear away pants but still had not yet put her uniform on. Her pants fell to her knees when Loftin pulled them.
Her mother, Jonna Wyant, told Channel 6 news, “It’s not funny. It’s not a joke. As far as I’m concerned it is a sick prank.”
Superintendent Joel Foster tells Channel 6 News that Loftin’s contract was terminated by the board of education based on confidential information which was presented to the board by Jim Hanks, the attorney for the school district.
That information was presented during a closed session Monday.
The school board also issued a directive that Superintendent Foster work with Hanks in filing a formal complaint with the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, which is the licensing bureau for educators in Iowa.