Facebook Post Could Spark Legal Action in Dracut
DRACUT -- Superintendent of Schools Steven Stone has responded to a post on the Facebook page belonging to “The Dracut Connection” that alleges two teachers and an administrator were fired for inappropriate conduct.
“It has come to my attention that a privately managed social media site has posted allegations related to the Dracut Public Schools,” Stone said in a written statement. “Those spurious and provocative allegations are entirely without merit. As these baseless and defamatory comments could undermine the confidence in the school district I have referred the matter to counsel for review.”
On July 13, an administrator for “The Dracut Connection” posted that the story was still developing and that information “is still coming in from several sources.”
“Allegedly, two teachers and an administrator have been FIRED for inappropriate conduct,” the post read. “One teacher had inappropriate conduct with a STUDENT, the other with a staff member. The administrator allegedly with an unknown adult on school property.”
It was not immediately clear who wrote the post on the Facebook page. “The Dracut Connection,” which airs on Dracut Access Television (DATV), is hosted by Brian Bond, George Boag, John Zimini, and Gordy Scott. A voicemail message and email were left Monday for Bond and a private message to the show’s Facebook page were not immediately returned.
“We are not investigating any employee of the district,” Police Chief Peter Bartlett said Monday. “We have no cases involving anybody over there.”
Stone did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.
Michael McNamara, who sits on DATV’s Board of Directors, said this was the first he heard of the allegations and of Stone’s response. McNamara said Bond is a producer and producers are responsible for their own content unless it involves DATV. Bond also sits on the DATV Board of Directors.
“I’m not surprised. Shows like this and radio shows, etc., thrive on controversy so, if they don’t have controversy, they don’t exist,” McNamara said. “That’s pretty much where I am with programs that are provocative like that.”
Michael Dobbs, a production technician for DATV, said the show’s Facebook page is run entirely by the show’s producers, not DATV.
School Committee member Sabrina Heisey said the committee doesn’t get involved in personnel matters within the school district.
“As far as I know, there’s no truth at all to it and I back Steven (Stone),” Heisey said. “When I saw that post, I said ‘That doesn’t ring any bells.’”
This isn’t the first time “The Dracut Connection” has gotten into hot water for its content. In 2016, long-time DATV volunteers Bob and Gay Corey sought a criminal complaint against Bond after he allegedly threatened to kill them during an episode of “The Dracut Connection.”
Police ordered Bond to turn in a shotgun he owned while that matter was pending, but a criminal complaint was never issued after the Coreys appeared before a Lowell District Court judge.