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Principal and secretary lose jobs over video of their kiss

A principal at a small Arizona Charter high school and his secretary have lost their jobs after a student secretly filmed their intimate classroom encounter, according to local media reports.

Stephen McClenning resigned from his post as principal of The Scholars Academy earlier this week, according to 3TV in Phoenix. The school is located in Quartzsite, Ariz., a town near Phoenix with a population of 3,650 residents. The secretary was identified as Billie Madewell, according to ABC15, also, in Phoenix. Madewell had also apparently left the school, but there were conflicting reports on whether she had resigned or had been fired, according to local media reports. Both McClenning and Madewell were married, but not to each other.

Students were upset to come across the couple kissing at the school during school hours, they told the local media. Myranda Garber, 16, a Scholars Academy student claimed that she was the one who taped the classroom kiss. She told local media that other teens had been in a classroom when they heard noises from the classroom next door. They supposedly went to check it out and she started recording with her cell phone when she couldn’t see what was happening.

Garber told ABC15, “We saw their legs, so we knew something was going on, but I never thought I would see it personally…It was crazy.”

Quartzsite parents were upset and experiencing feelings of betrayal.

Once parent, Cindy Joans, said, “They’re supposed to be role models for our students there.”

Erin Joslin, another parent, said, “This is on school campus, with our children present, while they are there, while these two are being paid. They are supposed to be educating our children.”

The school’s website indicated that McClenning was in his 12th year as an educator in the Quartzsite community. He wrote on the site’s “Principal’s Corner”, “I assure you that I will do my best to make sure your child will have the best educational experience possible.”