Parents Want Sexting Principal's Boss Fired

Superintendent asked to resign for not acting quickly enough

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    More heads could roll following the case of a Lake Forest principal caught sending sexually graphic pictures to a college student. Parents at Deer Path Middle School are demanding the district superintendent, Dr. Harry Griffith, resign for not responding to the case quickly enough. (Published Monday, Nov 21, 2011)

    More heads could roll following the case of a Lake Forest principal caught sending sexually graphic pictures to a college student.

    Parents at Deer Path Middle School are demanding the district superintendent, Dr. Harry Griffith, resign for not responding to the case quickly enough.

    John Steinart, who was the principal for four years, resigned from his position on Sunday. He was busted sending vulgar text messages and a picture of his genitals -- using his work-issued cell phone -- to the 22-year-old student in 2008.

    After the woman, an intern with the police department, filed a complaint in 2009, Steinart pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment of electronic equipment.

    The Lake Forest District 67 School Board did not fire him then, but disciplined him by ordering him to go to counseling and temporarily freezing his salary.

    Parents say Griffith should have fired Steinart then.

    "Now it is time for you be be a man and stand up, admit you were wrong and gracefully step down," a parent said at the heated meeting.

    Griffith admitted he should have followed up further when the initial police report didn't outline how graphic and inappropriate the text messages were, but he says he did what he thought was right given the information he had at the time.

    Griffith had planned to ask Steinart to ask the school board to fire Steinart on Sunday after new details emerged about the case, but Steinart resigned first.

    "I think all the anger about this is appropriate and we need to learn from this," Griffith said.

    The city council was also scheduled to meet Monday night to discuss a police officer who worked security at the school who's accused of having inappropriate contact with the same woman.