Wednesday, April 18, 2018

School Super Suspended over Eavesdropping on Testimony Against Him

MI - The superintendent of Hale Area Schools (HAS) is facing one felony count of eavesdropping, which is punishable by up to two years of incarceration and/or fines of $2,000...

...the HAS Board of Education placed Vannest on paid administrative leave, following allegations that he had recorded a closed session meeting of the board in a manner contrary to Michigan law.

...a formal complaint had been filed against Vannest by the parent of a student.

...the recording begins as the meeting is called into a closed session. None of the recording takes place during the “open” portion of the meeting.

Vannest’s phone was allegedly left in the room, recording the testimony of witnesses and board members’ questions to those witnesses.

The statement in support reads that it is believed that Vannest intentionally left the device in the room to record/eavesdrop on the conversation and testimony of the witnesses and teachers who were called in for the complaint filed against him.

When police interviewed Vannest, he allegedly stated that he felt the recording was gathered by himself in error. more