Screenplay with sex scenes, vulgar language part of Exeter High investigation
EXETER — Police and school officials have confirmed the existence of an original screenplay filled with sexually explicit scenes and vulgar language involving teachers and students that was purportedly authored by three teachers under investigation at Exeter High School.
In a statement to the school community issued Thursday morning, Superintendent Michael Morgan confirmed that the screenplay was discovered during their investigation.
"Reportedly this manuscript has been shared with the media and may be viewed by some as controversial. You may hear more about this matter which I am not at liberty to discuss at this time," he wrote.
The screenplay, obtained by the New Hampshire Union Leader, is called "Graduation Crashers" and features numerous scenes with teachers, parents, and students engaged in inappropriate conduct, including one scene suggesting that a mother performed a sex act on a teacher in exchange for giving her son a passing grade.
Another scene involves a teacher who "grabs a joint" from a student and "takes a hit and nods his head in approval," according to the manuscript.
None of the scenes show teachers engaging in sex acts with students.
Police Chief Richard Kane confirmed that the screenplay is now part of their police investigation that began in April when a social studies teacher was placed on administrative leave after a student alleged that she had been sexually assaulted in 2009.
According to Morgan, two of the teachers under investigation have resigned and a third remains on paid administrative leave.
No criminal charges have been filed.
"At this time I am confirming that two of these three teachers have resigned and that an internal investigation continues on the third teacher. Protocol mandates that investigation information be shared with the New Hampshire Department of Education and local law enforcement officials. That has been done and those agencies are conducting their own investigations in these reported matters," Morgan said in his statement.
The teacher involved in the initial investigation quit on May 24 while a second resigned Wednesday.
Kane confirmed that all three teachers are part of an "active criminal investigation" being conducted at the high school.
"They've been put on paid administrative leave by the school based on the school's investigation. We would certainly like to talk to them about our current criminal investigation into the alleged sexual assault at the high school," Kane said.
Neither police nor the superintendent has released the names of the teachers.
The teacher involved in the initial investigation was placed on leave April 18 while the school conducted its own investigation and has since resigned.
Kane said police also want to talk to the two other teachers who have since been placed on leave, one of whom resigned Wednesday, as they investigate their "knowledge in regards to the sexual assault case."
"Although this is an ongoing, confidential, personnel investigation, please be assured SAU officials will make every effort to provide accurate information when possible. The safety and security of our students is always a top priority and I can assure you that our school community members are safe," Morgan's statement said.