Is The Whole Story Being Told? Lindemeier Retained For Maxwell School Employees.

Posted 2 years ago

By Post Staff

(Maxwell, NE – North Platte Post)

In a news release from LINDEMEIER, GILLETT & DAWSON, Attorney Robert Lindemeier makes the following statement.

I have been retained in regard to the employees of Maxwell High School who have been accused of Failure to Report Sexual Abuse. These individuals acknowledge the seriousness of these allegations against them, but they do not want to try this matter in the media. Because of some material omissions in the media accounts, I want to respond with the following:

These individuals maintain that they followed school policy and Nebraska law. They obtained accounts of what happened from several students. They investigated the allegations and determined there was no reasonable cause that a child had been subjected to abuse.

During the course of the school’s investigation in these matters, the alleged victim and his mother told the school employees more than once that the abuse did not happen Currently, the alleged victim and his mother deny any abuse ever took place.

There has been reference to a video in the news media accounts, however, that video has not been produced. The woman who reported the video said it was on the victim’s phone. She actually never saw the video, but was only told about it. When the school was made aware of the video they investigated. Among questioning several students, they directly asked the alleged victim and his mother about the video. They were told the video did not exist.

These employees investigated these matters appropriately under Nebraska law and according to the school policy. They have cooperated with law enforcement during the Nebraska State Patrol investigation. There was never any attempt to cover up any abuse.

All allegations of abuse are taken seriously by the Maxwell High School employees. They believe they have followed the proper steps in this case.

Sincerely,

Robert P. Lindemeier

 

The North Platte Post has not seen the video in question at this time.  In a phone interview with Lindemeier,  he states that there has been no reference from the Nebraska State Patrol to the schools internal investigation where the alleged vicitm and parent both state that the incident did not happen.


  • Finally

    Finally the truth is starting to come out! I do believe the names of these adults who are doing all the accusing needs to b plastered all over the papers as well and I hope they get the pants sued off of them and b charged with something, what that may be.

    Current score: 10
  • Joe Nasty

    I’m still a firm believer that anyone that abuses a child or the elderly should be hung on the courthouse lawn.

    If this is “Fact”, and not just the ramblings of an attorney.. I’d love to hear the whole story.

    Current score: 0
  • Garrison

    Ramblings? I doubt it. Sounds like the blabber-head that wants to get a good juicy story started better start scraping up some apology letters.

    Current score: 4
  • Mama C

    I have known Superintendent Twarling for many years and had the opportunity to work with him at NPHS. He is a man of high integrity and has always been a proponent for the students. I think small town politics stink and it is a shame that this has come to this point. Maybe its time for some of those who throw the allegations to live in glass houses or at least open the blinds to see the sunshine and get a life! Just saying……

    Current score: 5
  • Joe Nasty

    I’ve met Twarling. Seems like a stand up guy. Mama C, You are right. Small town politics STINK. People always gotta throw stuff against the wall and see what sticks. Now that I’ve made my point, people LOVED JOE PATERNO and SANDUSKY too… The only way we can find out what really happened is to let the law take it’s course.

    Current score: 2
  • citizen2

    You expect the attourney to say…well folks the guys were drinking and decided to handle it “in house”. I know lets have the perp dust the trophy case, That will teach him a lesson. …but nothing happened. Sorry there is to much out there for the state patrol to put in this kind of time…and fine them for nothing happening.

    Current score: 2
  • Victim of Small Town Politics

    I have been on the other side. The problem with small town politics is if you are an outsider and a victim no one believes you. Eventually you just give up and stop fighting the system. You may even lie and say it didnt happened in hopes that you dont get bullied more.

    Current score: 3
    • Really!

      My thoughts exactly. Obviously something happened, if nothing happened the story wouldn’t be so detailed with so many people trying to cover it up and say nothing happened. You don’t go on the defense for “nothing.” So you scared/shamed the victim into denying it. That’s not exactly something to be proud of; hopefully the next victim of abuse that gets swept under the rug at Maxwell won’t be afraid to stand up to these people. What goes around comes around.

      Current score: 4
    • tired-of-it

      So true. Victims of hazing, bullying and even abuse more often than not deny the activities they endure. Fear of reprisal and/or the worsening of the actions are strong motivators. As adults, how many of us put up with inappropriate or unjust treatment out of fear of losing our jobs, friends or spouses? So how can we not understand how a teenager would deny abuse? The teen years are extremely difficult- emotionally and socially- how can we not understand that they would do all they can to avoid any further humiliation, hazing, bullying or abuse. These allegations should have been reported to the appropriate agencies and the school should have supported the investigation while taking a back seat to it.

      Current score: 5
  • upsetfan

    So if all of Lincoln County are concerned with the well being of the students at Maxwell please attend the school board meeting Monday Evening.

    Current score: 4
  • tired-of-it

    Of course the defence attorney is going to support the innocence of his/her client. That is what they are paid for. However, let’s not forget that the citations were issued after a search warrent was secured and enforced on school records. These individuals were not cited based soley on the words of the victim, witnesses or others who made reports. The police must have had enough information to secure the search warrent and then found enough evidence to issue the citations. It isn’t a question of whether or not the abuse accured but more about a legal obligation to inform the appropriate authorities about the probability of abuse. I do not believe any school official can make that determination. Rather than doing their own ‘in house’ investigation, they were required by law to report it to the appropiate investigating agency and allow them to do the investigating. What worries me is the fact that they did keep this in house. That makes it look worse than perhaps it truly is. If they had gone through the proper reporting proceedures and the abuse was determined to be unfounded, the public would have been more willing to accept those findings. Now, because of the way it was handled, it looks more like a ‘cover up’. I hope this is a lesson to all about the proper way to handle such situations.

    Current score: 5
  • Maxcat

    You all should have been at the Maxwell School Board Meeting Monday night. You could have set and twittled your thumbs.
    The board knew why most showed up. Looking for answers to our questions. How to protect our kids, who our kids can talk to that, is a neutral party. Most of all we expected something to be done about the administration.
    The board chose not to do anything at this time….no surprise there. Guess they need the State Patrol to prove their case. I for one just want the truth.
    I have to say after the board spent 2 hours in an executive session with private public comment. What is that? We could go in one at time or with spouse and visit with the board about our concerns. No group discussion. The board is there to take in to consideration anything that is said. They do not have to give answers.
    After that was adjourned, they tried to swiftly curtail any and all public comment. However one savvy mother knew her stuff and interjected, they had closed the executive session but not public comment. Way to go.
    Another parent asked the question about why nothing was being done…and like a recording we were told by the president of the board, we will not comment at this time. I wanted to say well please give me the time you will comment on it, I will be here with bells on.
    They said they understood how we feel; four of them have kids in the school. The School Board said they did not have an answer for who our kids could go to if they need to talk. They said they will talk to the administration and see what can be done? What, excuse me, talk to the very people that are currently cited and under investigation about what can be done so our children have a neutral party to talk to. (I am rolling my eyes).
    I hope you are not burying your heads in the sand; the next one hurt could be your kid. He won’t tell you though because he/she has been warned and threatened to keep quiet. Why would anyone believe a kid over an adult? An adult who has been a wolf is sheep’s clothing, an adult whose own child no longer attends the school he runs? Am I the only one who finds this odd, strange, and very uncomfortable?
    It seems many past and current parents have a story of how their child or one of there children, usually the quiet one or the less athletic one being bullied, assaulted, or treated as if they didn’t exist.
    They took the proper steps, went to the administration. They were assured by the administration this would be delta with. ..Yep it was, the administration looked the other way, or calls the child a liar, or a loser.
    I wish these folks would remember we pay the taxes that pay their salaries.
    Any way off the soap box.
    The superintendent took offence to being asked who the kids could talk to. I am not really sure why. No one was pointing a finger at him. On the heels of the supers outburst his secretary, a lady that has been in the school for decades, no exaggeration turned around and said if you don’t like it , take your kids some where else!!!!!
    Yes a school employee, some one we pay to be there. She said she was just standing up for the administration. No what you said is we should put up with our kids being used and abused by others at the administrations discretion…perhaps its time for you to retire. I wish we all had the means to move our kids. All of them in the next week. Leave you with empty halls and class rooms, no sports teams…nothing. Oh and we would take the teachers…most of them with us. It is what you deserve; you could just run a ghost school, with all the pain and agony the children have had to live with echoing down the once hallowed halls.
    We will fix this …we the people. We will not be quiet, and we have back bones…our kids are more important then anyone’s reputation, or pension, or job.
    So I suggest the board get real serious…this is no time to back a man who for at least the last 17 years has been playing his own game , building his own “special” team, on the torn souls of the less athletic , the less academically inclined. Your time is done.

    Current score: 3
  • Garrison

    I’ve talked to someone who had a kid on this bus while this supposed abuse was taking place. As far as the kid knew, there was nothing out of order, nothing going on. I’m wondering, how do two or three guys molest and abuse another kid on that close of quarters of no one knows that it’s happening? If anyone has facts, they need to step up. If they don’t, stop with the rumor mongering.

    Current score: 7
  • maxmom

    maxcat please put this on The Bulletin as well!! Thnak you so much!!!

    Current score: 0
  • Maxcat

    maxmom, I don’t want to go thru the calling the bulliten and giving them my personal information….you can copy and paste it if you like.

    Current score: 0
  • Flathead

    What do you mean who the kids are going to talk to? Don’t they have parents? Are the counselors part of the conspiracy as well or part of the supposed good ol boys club? I don’t recall when I was in school running to the office wanting to talk to administration about stuff.

    Current score: 2
  • cat

    Dear Maxcat: I would just like to tell you THANK YOU! That was a great post.

    Current score: 0
  • cat

    This whole situation is beyond messed up. People can try and defend Mr. Boucher, Mr. Twarling, and Mr. Jones, but I think that these people seriously need to check themselves because clearly they really don’t know all that much about the situation (or they are personal friends of them). As the law states, from what I understand, you HAVE TO report any suspicion of abuse which clearly they DID NOT do. Sure they did look into it and some said it happened and others said it didn’t. That’s fine, but if one person said it did that still fits under suspicion of abuse, does it not? So REPORT IT! For the life of me I don’t understand how someone could sleep at night knowing that they did nothing to help a child that was sexually abused my a fellow peer. Another thing that just really gets me is how one certain “little boy” and his father can have so much control over such high status school officials. Makes you wonder what they may be holding over certain individuals heads, doesn’t it? And to the school board I ask, what in the hell is wrong with all of you? Some of you have children that go to the school, are you not the least bit concerned about their well-being? Do you really sleep at night knowing that they are under the care of such individuals who think it is okay to just sweep such a serious thing like this under the rug? And while I am on topic of the board meeting, why on earth would you tell parents who pay your bills to take their kids to some other school? You clearly did not help the school out in anyway by doing that did you? It really is a shame that because of this “protecting favorites” that the schools reputation is ruined. I attended Maxwell my whole life and I loved it there. I loved the teachers, I made great friends, and I have a lot of good memories from there. This whole thing isn’t fair to teachers, students, graduates, or parents. Frankly, I am embarrassed to say that I attended the school and that I was around some of these individuals. I wish some of them would honestly see this. I am also literally just devastated and hurt that they tried to cover this up. I looked up to them and got along good with them and trusted them. As a matter of fact, one of them always told us students that they would do anything they could to help us in anyway and that if we had a problem they would be glad to listen and that they would do anything they could for us. That’s why when I heard about all of this I was in shock that he simply let it go and told the boys to knock it off. It is also a shame that they called the person who came forward with information a liar. Why? Was it because he wasn’t in the “club.” I guess in closing all I have to say is that I hope the right thing is finally done and that people can admit that they were wrong and should have done the right thing. If you can sleep at night fine, but people aren’t just going to let this go. You clearly deserve to lose your jobs and it is going to be hell for you because people are clearly not just willing to let this go and it would be nice of you to fight your own battles rather than having “your friends” do it for you. And I guess no matter what the outcome when all of this is said and done…YOU WILL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR YOURSELVES ONE DAY!

    Current score: 0
  • Watch

    For heavens sake cat. How many times does the kid and his parents have to say it didn’t happen? And sounds like every kid there was bullied. Your good experience there must mean your parents were friends with the administration.

    Current score: 3
  • cat

    Well “Watch,” did it ever occur to you that just maybe the boy and his mom were told to shut up if they knew what was good for them? Because honestly that wouldn’t be a huge shock especially coming from the “Good Ol Boys” club. As for your point about bullying, it was true that their was a lot of bullying that went on and still does. And before you go accusing my family of having associated with the administration maybe you should be a little careful. And you obviously know nothing about me. I was not a “popular” kid or one of the administrations “favorites.” And as a matter of fact I was bullied horribly when I was in elementary and jr. high. Do you think anything was ever done about it? HELL NO! Because I was not important enough to worry about. But as I did get older the bullying stopped and I got along with everyone. My point about the good experience was that I had great teachers and learned something and it is sad now because of what their “bosses” chose NOT to do and now the school is left with a horrible reputation.

    Current score: 0
  • Garrison

    If you were told to shut up when your kid was abused, would you?

    Current score: 2
  • cat

    No I would not. But clearly she did, didn’t she? Or that’s what it appears to be. But then again why would your son want to speak out against his “best friends.” It has to be hard for him because after all why would your “best friends” do that to you? I think I would get some new friends.

    Current score: 0
  • Garrison

    Then maybe the people that really needs looked at are the parents, and if they are denying an abuse that really happened, they should be charged with child abuse.

    Current score: 3
  • maxmom

    Thank you cat!! If the response from Garrison is not showing people how you are dealt with in Maxwell if you simple state what has happened to you then I guess you must not want to see! I am sorry that you had to defend your personal truth. It is how ever what it means to be from Maxwell.

    Current score: 0
  • cat

    “Garrison” I agree with you on that. To me it is who can bully who parent wise. And I do honestly believe that the mom has been bullied into being quiet and so has her son. But you make a good point if she isn’t willing to stand up to that and protect her only child then in a round about way she and the other adults involved all deserved to be questioned. And thanks “maxmom” it is nice to see that I am not alone in my beliefs and views.

    Current score: 0
  • watch

    I am so fasinated by this story. I’m trying to think what kind of threat I would be given that would make me not report an abuse of my child. Are you saying that the school admin or parent has threatened her or her child with death? bodily harm? and how is it that the parent is guilty only in a round about way for not reporting assault but the administration should all be fired, shot, drug through the streets by the back bumper of a pick up truck? and I am really puzzled how someone can be horribly bullied at a school yet have such fond memories there. (cat) This whole thing is just crazy.

    Current score: 4
  • watch

    and while I’m thinking about it. How is it that three administrators get citations and the parent doesn’t? Doesn’t the parent himself or herself have an obligation to also report abuse?

    Current score: 5
  • Maxcat

    Soooo, when does this go to court…or did it? Just wondering? Has the Shool Board come up with a person or persons the student body can visit with about this? And for the person who said don’t they have parents. You bet the kids have parents, teens don’t talk to their parents. FYI if you ever have any.

    Current score: 0