DELBARTON, W.Va. — After alleged sexual assaults involving students at Burch Middle School, a circuit judge ordered an outside professional to serve as administrative supervisor for the rest of the school year.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a civil rights complaint against administrators and other school personnel for allegedly covering up the repeated assaults by boys against two girls.

A preliminary injunction from Judge John Cummings reassigns certain administrators at the school and mandates oversight by an external administrative supervisor.

The order also says nondisciplinary action has been taken against certain employees on leave during the investigation by the Mingo County School Board. Other employees have already left the school for “non-related reasons.”

Morrisey said the order also “requires one of the female victims who was forced to switch classes be returned to her normal classes, and that the victims will be protected from having to face those who are accused of abusing them at school.”

“Our office is pleased that our Civil Rights Division has been able to step in and protect these girls and bring light to a very troubling situation,” Morrisey said in a release. “Our office will continue its investigation into this situation.”

A criminal investigation continues into the allegations.

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  • Mandy

    WOW! The State Department of Education has really shown they can operate a school system. This is not the first time a girl / girls have been sexually assaulted since the state has taken over by school personnel. Two sets of accounting books may have taken place at MHS before closing to consolidate to new school. Central office service personnel hired hand picked through RESA to work accounts payables. And the list goes on and on!

  • ViennaGuy

    Well, that's certainly a step in the right direction ... I have a feeling that a lot of unpleasant things will be exposed as the investigators continue to turn over rocks.

    • wvu999

      Vienna .... Wood County right?

      Yeah, I feel like you could be an expert in the area of Mingo County Schools.

      • Brian

        From Wig and Cooney Preece to Team Mingo...It's not a stretch to expect to find a mountain of corruption under every rock in Mingo County.

      • Guardian

        I won't mince words with you WVU999 - Mingo county is as crooked as a dog's hind leg - and has been for years and years. Folks down there should rise up and change things for the better if they are so thin skinned that they can't listen to the truth about their county.

      • ViennaGuy

        Oh, so because I don't live in Mingo County, I don't have the right to post a comment?

        I did not besmirch Mingo County in any way. This could have happened in ANY county in the state.

        Grow up.