COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State school board members in Ohio say they are shocked at accounts of sex games, test tampering and other potentially criminal acts at a Dayton charter school, and they plan to investigate. Horizon Science Academy of Dayton is one of 19 affiliated schools in Ohio that have been associated with an influential U.S.-based Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen. The FBI is investigating three of the Ohio schools.
Four former teachers testified Tuesday to witnessing oral sex among 6th- to 8th-graders that went unreported to parents, achievement tests that were mishandled and a teacher who called black students "monkeys" and "dogs," among other things. They say the state has ignored past concerns. A spokesman said under Ohio law the state Department of Education must turn complaints over to a charter-school sponsor for follow-up.