High school principal resigns amid fallout over rape case

SANBORN, N.Y. (AP) — A high school principal has resigned amid fallout over the district’s handling of a rape case.

The Niagara Wheatfield Board of Education in western New York accepted Michael Mann’s resignation Wednesday night.

A student who was charged with raping a classmate remained in the same school as the victim for a week after his guilty plea in May.

He also had attended nearly his entire senior year and played on the lacrosse team while his criminal case was pending.

The school board in June heard a statement from the victim, read by her mother. She said she had to see the perpetrator daily while people bullied her and accused her of lying.

About 100 students walked out in protest in May over the district’s handling of the case.

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