Principal’s future with district unclear

Principal’s future with district unclear

FORTVILLE — Mt. Vernon School officials say they will wait for a criminal case against one of their administrators to play out in court before taking any disciplinary action, a statement from the district said.

Mt. Vernon Middle School principal Scott Shipley was charged Wednesday with a Class B misdemeanor of failure to report, court records show.

Prosecutors allege Shipley waited 17 days to report rumors an employee sent naked photos of herself to students. That employee was later charged with four felony counts related to sexual assault; her case in pending.

Shane Robbins, superintendent of Mt. Vernon schools, issued a written statement Wednesday night addressing the criminal charge Shipley faces.

In the statement, Robbins said he had reviewed the court documents and “… will await the outcome of the pending legal decisions before taking any further action.”

Shipley will not be arrested. He is scheduled to appear in court of May 18, court records state.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or