Kanawha County School Board Sued
The Kanawha County school board is facing a lawsuit from three students who claimed they were victims of sexual molestation and the board didn't protect them. The students accuse their JROTC instructor, Edwin Smuda of the sexual misconduct and filed three separate lawsuits. Smuda arrived at South Charleston High School in the late 1990's, but it was much later that he was arrested on sexual abuse charges, and committed suicide after resigning from the high school. WSAZ TV reports the victims claim the school board knew or should have known about the incidents and did nothing to protect the students or investigate. The board did suspend Smuda at one point.