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Manchester principal accused of sexual harassment

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The Connecticut Department of Education has opened an investigation into a Manchester school principal after reports of sexual harassment.  (WFSB) The Connecticut Department of Education has opened an investigation into a Manchester school principal after reports of sexual harassment.  (WFSB)
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

The Connecticut Department of Education has opened an investigation into a Manchester school principal after reports of sexual harassment. 

According to the school's lawyer, six teachers have accused the leader of the Odyssey Community School of sexually harassing and bullying them. 

The Department of Education spokeswoman, Abbe Smith says the state has been investigating since they received a request calling for Chris Bugbee's removal in August. 

"It's a shock because I thought teachers were all supposed to be really kind to each other," said Chrislynn Vega.,of Manchester. 

In a written, Smith said the department has made the investigation a top priority saying, "we have a profound obligation to provide safe positive school climates that nurture student learning and support educators. We take this matter very seriously."

"He should be ashamed of himself and he should be ashamed of his crimes, she should be ashamed of what he did," said Linda Bacci. 

School leaders claim and independent investigator they hired did not find enough evidence to discipline the principal and in a statement the school claims Bugbee disputes any reports of misconduct writing, "Mr. Bugbee has vehemently denied engaging in any sexual harassment inside or outside of work that served to create a hostile work environment." 

The school's board of trustees considers the matter closed, but as long as the state investigation continues the cloud will hover over Principal Bugbee's head, and the public will have questions and opinions.

On Monday, there will be a meeting conducted by the state to release a press release concerning Bugbee's removal and the investigation. Bugbee has not bee removed from his position as principal. 

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