School board votes to fire principal in student sex case

- FILE - Donna Valentine. November 12, 2014 (WTNH)


STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Stamford High School principal has been fired over allegations she knew about a teacher having sex with a student and failed to report it to authorities.

An attorney for Principal Donna Valentine tells the Stamford Advocate her team will assess their options in the wake of the termination.

Police say former Stamford High English teacher Danielle Watkins had sex with one of her students and provided him and another boy with marijuana. Watkins is serving a five-year prison sentence.

Superintendent Winifred Hamilton recommended Valentine’s dismissal, accusing her of failing to report suspicions about Watkins to state officials and police.

The Stamford board of education voted Monday night to fire Valentine effective Tuesday.

Valentine pleaded not guilty Oct. 2 to criminal charges of failing to alert authorities.

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This story has been corrected to show the board voted to fire Valentine effective Tuesday, not Monday.
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