An Indiana school principal resigned after being accused of claiming that his son was a sick student in order to obtain medical treatment. CNN's subsidiary, WXIN, has announced.Casey Smitherman, director of Elwood Community Schools, was charged on January 23 with formal misconduct, insurance fraud, insurance claims fraud and identity deception. She officially resigned Friday.
In a statement to the subsidiary, she said:
"I have devoted all my professional career to children and I have ensured them the best chance of success.My achievements record clearly shows that I have managed to do it.Unfortunately, my recent misjudgment has attracted Negative attention to the community and I am very embarrassed for this and apologize to the council, community, teachers and students at Elwood Community Schools.
"I sincerely hope that this misjudgment does not tarnish all the good work that I have done for students during my career." As most educators will say, the board, the community, the teachers and students must be in phase I do not think that alignment exists at the present time nor could exist in the near future and that, as of 02/01/2019, I resign from my duties as Superintendent of Elwood Community Schools I am confident that the board will take the necessary steps to ensure that the school system manages this period of change in the best possible way. "
Smitherman noticed that the 15 year old student had disappeared from school on January 9th and examined her at her home, where she decided that he needed to see a doctor at cause of a sore throat.
She took him to an emergency clinic but was denied service because the child was a minor and she was not his guardian. In another clinic, she checked her using the name and insurance of her son and received a prescription for medication, which she took in pharmacy before bringing it home. .
On January 16, the student 's guardian contacted the Elwood Police Department about the student receiving medical treatment. According to police documents, the student tore up the label of the medicine bottle because he "knew it was wrong".
Smitherman told the police that in the past, she and her husband had bought clothes from the student and helped clean his house. She said that she did not want to contact the Department of Child Services for fear that the boy would be placed in foster care.
Smitherman's lawyer, Bryan Williams, said she was participating in a diversion program that would dismiss her charges if she did not get arrested in a year.
The school district, located about 47 km north of Indianapolis, has more than 1,600 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 and another 200 in the preschool program, according to the school district's website.
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