Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Valley Forge guidance counselor fired for "inappropriate actions" with cadets

A female guidance counselor at the Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne has been terminated for "inappropriate actions" she had with two cadets Saturday night, according to a statement from the school.

Valley Forge guidance counselor fired for "inappropriate actions" with cadets

A female guidance counselor at the Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne has been terminated for "inappropriate actions" she had with two cadets Saturday night, according to a statement from the school.

Guidance counselor Symantha Hicks, who is in her 30s, is accused of supplying alcohol to the cadets and may have engaged in sexual acts with one of them, according to a source.

Radnor Police Chief William Colarulo confirmed an investigation is ongoing but declined further comment.

According to a statement from an Academy spokeswoman, the school became aware of the allegations on Sunday and placed Hicks on suspension pending an investigation.

By Tuesday, the school had enough evidence to permanently terminate her, which they did, the statement said.

"Valley Forge does not tolerate behavior that jeopardizes the safety or well-being of any member of our community," the statement read. "Because of this high standard, when 'conduct unbecoming' occurs, the administration will take immediate action, as it did in this instance."

Valley Forge Military Academy is a boarding-and-day school for boys in 7th to 12th grades.

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