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June 07. 2013 3:18PM

Third Exeter High teacher resigns amid investigation

EXETER -- A third teacher resigned Friday as an investigation continues into allegations of sexual misconduct and other inappropriate behavior at Exeter High School.

Superintendent Michael Morgan did not identify the teacher, saying that names would not be released until the next meeting of the Exeter Region Cooperative School Board scheduled for June 18.

During the course of the investigation, authorities discovered a 104-page original screenplay containing sexually explicit scenes and vulgar language involving teachers, students and parents as characters.
 
None of the scenes show teachers engaging in sex acts with students.
 
 

The screenplay, called “Graduation Crashers,” is now part of a criminal investigation, police have said.

A copy of the screenplay was obtained by the New Hampshire Union Leader. The names that appear on the front cover as the writers of the play are three Exeter High social studies teachers. They are Robert Batchelder Jr., Mark Forbes and Tod Grossmith, who was named “Teacher of the Month” in a blog by Exeter High School principal Sean Kiley in December.

The teacher who quit on Friday is the third to quit since May 24 when social studies teacher Robert Batchelder Jr. resigned after police and school officials began investigating allegations that a female student may have been sexually assaulted in 2009. School board minutes of a nonpublic meeting held Tuesday identified Batchelder as resigning on May 24 after he was placed on administrative leave as part of the initial investigation.

The minutes did not name the other two teachers, one of whom quit Wednesday, the superintendent has said.

The three teachers are the main characters in the play. The story follows the teachers who decide to crash the parties of certain graduates. The script also makes numerous references to sexual acts, drinking, drug use, and partying with students.

No charges have been filed, but police said their investigation continues.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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