Panetta, who was in his fifth year of employment with the school, was forced to resign this past week after announcing his plans to pursue a gay marriage with his partner. The story, first reported by the Register on Jan. 11, has since netted national attention.
A news crew from 13abc arrived near the Jefferson Street building during school dismissal time, at about 3 p.m., apparently to talk to students about Panetta’s departure, according to a Sandusky police report.
At that time, a school employee approached nearby Sandusky police Officer Michael Shock about the issue, according to the report. Shock talked with the news team, who assured him they would not speak to any juveniles without their parents present, and they would also never enter school property without permission.
Shock explained the school employees were concerned about the welfare of their students, and the news team was “very understanding, stating that they agreed,” the report stated.
Sandusky police Officer Kevin Youskievicz then relayed the message to school officials.