Education

District handled 1995 sexual incident differently

March 28, 2011

From Pensapedia: Horace Jones is the former principal of Pensacola High School who was removed in 1996 for allegedly attempting to cover up the PHS football sex scandal.

Jones was appointed principal when Principal Cone transferred to District Office in 1994. During his tenure, he presided over the series of bomb threats that interrupted the 1995-96 school year as well as a sex scandal in which at least eight students (including seven members of the PHS Tigers football team) received oral sex from a 15-year-old special education student in a stadium locker room. They were eventually charged with lewd and lascivious assault on a child under 16.

Principal Jones, himself a former NFL football player, was accused of attempting to cover up the incident to protect the members of the playoff-bound football team. Superintendent Bill Maloy removed Jones from his position on June 4, 1996, along with two assistant principals, football coach David Wilson and assistant football coach Kevin Sanders. Jones was reassigned to a district position. (Read more). Wilson fought for his job back.

And, yes, there was grand jury convened to determine if there was a cover-up. Back then, the daily newspaper was on the side of the victim.

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