Administrators resign after ‘adult images’ found in emails

By: April Lehmbeck | Online Only | Published May 23, 2011


A principal and assistant principal at Grosse Pointe South are out of a job after emails containing “inappropriate adult images” were discovered.

Principal Allan Diver and Assistant Principal Brandon Slone officially resigned May 21, according to a statement released by the Grosse Pointe Public School System.

The district was investigating alleged violations of the district’s policy concerning the use of technology.

“The Grosse Pointe Board of Education and the district are strongly committed to behaviors that reflect professionalism in the classrooms and offices and on the computer network,” Superintendent Suzanne Klein stated.

According to the district, the policy is not something that students or staff should be unaware of since “all students and staff members have agreed to the expectations and policies governing computer use in the district.”

Staff is expected to act in a way that demonstrates the high expectations that the district has for its students, officials said.

“We expect staff members, regardless of position, to demonstrate professional conduct in all matters, including use of the computer network,” Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Labor Relations Thomas Harwood stated. “Personal emails of staff members must reflect the values and professional standards of our district as noted in our Acceptable Use policies.”

The district stressed that this incident did not involve any students.

Diver, a former principal in the Chippewa Valley Schools district, started his tenure at Grosse Pointe South approximately 10 years ago, according to his blog “The Principal’s Place.”

Grosse Pointe South Assistant Principal Joan Murphy will fill in as acting principal to finish out this school year, according to the district.

Diver and Slone could not be reached for comment by press time.