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June 19. 2013 8:48PM

Exeter High teachers’ resignations announced at school board meeting

EXETER — Superintendent Michael Morgan publicly announced Tuesday the resignations of two Exeter High School teachers who quit amid a scandal over a sexually explicit screenplay.

At a meeting of the Exeter Region Cooperative School Board, Morgan said Mark Forbes and Tod Grossmith resigned their positions in the social studies department earlier this month. Their resignations followed the resignation of Robert Batchelder Jr., a social studies teacher who left in May.

The teachers quit after an investigation was launched in April. Batchelder was placed on paid administrative leave while police investigated allegations that a female student may have been sexually assaulted in 2009.

Morgan said Batchelder and Grossmith resigned as part of an agreement reached through attorneys. Forbes did not quit under an agreement.

No charges have been filed, but police continue to investigate.

During the investigation, the manuscript of a screenplay called “Graduation Crashers” was uncovered and is now part of the probe. The names of Batchelder, Forbes and Grossmith appear as the writers on the cover of the screenplay, which tells the story of a group of wild teachers from a school called Biltmore High School who crash graduation parties.

The main characters in the screenplay are identified as Batchelder, Grossmith and Forbes.

The screenplay has scenes that show teachers drinking, involved in sexual encounters with mothers of students and a college intern, and engaged in other questionable behavior.

None of the scenes involve teachers involved in sexual acts with high school students.

There was no mention of the screenplay scandal at Tuesday’s meeting, and no members of the public spoke about the controversy.

Most of the meeting focused on the achievements of Exeter students and awards they’ve received this year.

jschreiber@newstote.com


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