WHDH: The superintendent of Hull Public Schools is on leave pending a meeting on Wednesday focused on allegations of misconduct, officials said. Superintendent Michael Devine, who has been with the district in various roles for 12 years, took a leave of absence after allegations of recent personal misconduct were made to the School Committee, according to Acting Superintendent Judith Kuehn. The committee is hiring an independent investigator to review the allegations and the police department has been notified. The School Committee will meet behind closed doors in executive session to discuss Devine on Feb. 5.
So this story is the talk of Hull, and for obvious reasons. I guess the guy is well liked in town, which is why so many are running to his defense.
But I do have a little to add to this story after speaking with sources from Hull:
- Michael Devine used his position as principal to “groom” a male student who is now 21 years old
- He got the student’s phone number while he was a student, but it’s not clear if he began contacting him before or after he graduated in 2017
- Recently he began sending sexual text messages to the now 21 year old man, which the the man did not appreciate
- The student came forward to the School Committee who reviewed the text messages, and they’re very graphic and sexual
A lot of parents are worried that he’s done this with other students, and possibly could’ve done the same to students at his former jobs in Hanover and Norwell. If the allegations are true it’s kind of a tricky situation. On the one hand the 21 year old is an adult and no laws have been broken. On the other hand, if you’re using your job working with kids to build a database of sexting buddies after they graduate, that’s kind predatory IMHO. If he’s done this with more than one former student, it makes it a lot worse and I’m anxious to see if more come forward. My inbox is open at email@example.com if you wanna chat on or off the record. All sources can remain anonymous, so long as I verify that you’re legit for my own due diligence.
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