[sticklist] - VF advisor fired after alcohol incident and alleged inappropriate contact

Richard Forno rforno at infowarrior.org
Thu Dec 8 07:11:33 CST 2011

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This just in.  --- rick

Counselor Allegedly Serves Alcohol to Students

The guidance counselor is also accused of sexual misconduct.

Thursday, Dec 8, 2011  |  Updated 5:43 AM EST

NBCPhiladelphia.com - Denise Nakano


Symantha Hicks, a guidance counselor at Valey Forge Military Academy is being investigated for inappropriate behavior with students.

Radnor Township police are investigating an incident that allegedly happened Saturday night involving a faculty member at the Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Wayne, Pa.

Symantha Hicks -- a first year guidance counselor at the boarding and day school for boys, grades 7-12 -- is accused of providing alcohol to underage cadets as well as alleged sexual misconduct with at least one of the teens. School officials say Hicks was fired following the alleged incident.

Radnor Police Chief William Colarulo tells NBC Philadelphia that an investigation is ongoing, but he would not comment any further.

The academy released a statement Wednesday that reads in part:  “Both an internal investigation and an investigation with the Radnor Police Department were initiated. The parents of the cadets involved were also notified. On December 6, 2011, the administration determined there was enough evidence to immediately terminate Mrs. Hicks from duty permanently. The Radnor Police Department and Valley Forge are continuing their investigations.”

Hicks is married with three children, according to her bio on the school’s website.

Sources tell NBC Philadelphia police searched Hicks’ home and office, but no charges have been filed.

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