• Timeline of recent incidents in Woodland Hills School District

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    CHURCHILL, Pa. - Here's a timeline of incidents in the Woodland Hills School District: 

    PHOTOS: Timeline of recent incidents in Woodland Hills School District

    March 2015

    An incident occurred where a school resource officer was accused of putting a student in a headlock, slamming him to the ground and shocking him with a Taser. A Woodland Hills principal was also accused of holding the teen down during the student’s arrest. The student was acquitted after tape of the incident played at trial. 

    November 29, 2016

    Audio recordings were released that allegedly featured Woodland Hills High School principal Kevin Murray threatening a 14-year-old student. The student was charged as a juvenile on wiretap charges, accused of recording Murray without his knowledge. 

    November 30, 2016

    Murray was placed on administrative leave during the criminal investigation. 

    December 5, 2016

    People packed a school board meeting to support Murray.

    January 2017 

    Murray was reinstated and returned to school after the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office said they would not pursue charges.

    April 5, 2017

    Video was released showing 14-year-old student, Que’chawn Wade, being physically abused by a Churchill police officer assigned to the school. His injuries were so severe that his front teeth were knocked out. Murray witnessed part of the incident. Wade was charged with resisting arrest in juvenile court.

    April 12, 2017

    Joseph Golden III was charged in connection with an April 12, 2017, incident at the Rankin Promise School that allegedly involved a 13-year-old student.

    April 19, 2017

    Murray was hired as the head coach of Woodland Hills Varsity football team.  

    May 12, 2017

    Dozens of parents, activists and community groups marched to the District Attorney’s Office to demand answers and calling for charges to be filed against Murray and the school resource officer, and for wiretap charges to be dropped against the student for recording him without his knowledge. 

    June 23, 2017

    The Woodland Hills School District Commission on Youth Development and Learning was formed. It’s a 20-member commission of parents, clergy, law enforcement and others who will review disciplinary policies and procedures district-wide.  

    July 19, 2017

    Joseph Golden was terminated. 

    July 2017

    Department of Education delayed renewing Kevin Murray’s teaching certification.

    August 10, 2017

    Assistant Woodland Hills High School principal Candee Nagy became the school’s substitute principal because Murray was not certified by the state. 

    August 16, 2017

    The school board accepted Murray's resignation as Woodland Hills High School principal and head football coach. 

    August 23, 2017

    Complaints have been filed against the Woodland Hills School District, Kevin Murray, Stephen Shaulis and the Woodland Hills School Board and others.

    New video has been released as more students come forward. 


     

     

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