FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- Angry parents took their frustrations to the Fairfield School Board just days after the district denied allegations in a federal lawsuit filed by the family of a student who killed herself.
Emilie Olsen, a Fairfield Middle School student, killed herself with her father's gun in December 2014, police said. The federal lawsuit claims Emilie's death resulted from bullying by other students while she attended Fairfield Intermediate School and Middle School, that Fairfield officials – including the superintendent – knew about the bullying, and that they did nothing to stop it in violation of their own policies and the law.
Some parents got so emotional Thursday night that they had to leave.
"It's tough stuff, and it doesn’t surprise me," Schmitz said. "They aren't going to just admit to doing it. It will all come out in the system."
Two weeks ago, Otten announced he'd resign at the end of the year after accepting another job. Though there's been no indication that his departure has anything to do with the lawsuit or bullying, at Thursday's meeting, the school board said it would allow the public to take part in a search for the next superintendent.
"That's a good opportunity for us to say what we need for a culture change and hope that the next superintendent will foster that culture change and we can move on down the road in the right direction," Schmitz said.