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Noble Board of Education keeps superintendent accused of sexually harassing students

by Graham Lee Brewer Modified: September 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm •  Published: September 2, 2014

More than a hundred people crowded into the small, steamy room where the Noble Board of Education held a special meeting Tuesday evening to discuss the actions of their school superintendent, which left many parents in town angry and some students embarrassed.

The Noble board decided to keep public schools Superintendent Ronda Bass on staff and create a development plan for her, after behavior that some say was inappropriate.

Bass came under fire last month when some female students say she embarrassed them in front of their peers for the way they were dressed.

Bass allegedly went to some classrooms at Noble High School on the second day of school and asked several of those students to stand up and proceeded to point out how she felt they were inappropriately dressed. Some of those students say Bass also asked them to come into the hallway, where she had them bend over, and she inspected their buttocks. They also say the day before, she called some of them into her office and asked them if they had seen any “skanks” around school.

Jennifer Fourcade, a librarian at a local elementary school and the parent of one of the students Bass allegedly disciplined, said she was shocked when her daughter described the events.

“I was blindsided,” Fourcade said. “I could not believe that someone I worked for, who is my boss, is capable of such an action of discriminating upon our children on the basis of their gender, intimidating them, using abusive language, sexually harassing them.”

Fourcade said she and other parents are calling for Bass’ dismissal from the Noble school system. She also took issue with Bass referring to herself as the ‘mama bear’ of Noble Public Schools.

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by Graham Lee Brewer
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Graham Lee Brewer began his career as a journalist covering Oklahoma's vibrant music scene in 2006. After working as a public radio reporter for KGOU and then Oklahoma Watch, where he covered areas such as immigration and drug addiction, he went...
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