Mass. town mulls fate of superintendent after school sex offender incident
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Mass. town mulls fate of superintendent after school sex offender incident

Outrage over Stoneham’s response to an armed person at an elementary school could cost the superintendent his job. The school committee said it could give an update on the superintendent’s status by the end of the week.According to a Stoneham police report from March 21, the South Elementary School’s principal called 911 after he saw a man talking to himself and walking around the building.James McCarty, 39, who police said has a known history of mental health issues and a level 1 sex offender, was arrested with two knives on him and a third on the ground nearby, according to the police report.According to parents, they were not told about the incident until days later when a letter was sent out to the school community.School committee members met on Tuesday and went directly into a closed executive session to hear directly from Stoneham Superintendent David Ljungberg. The superintendent has apologized for how he responded.But some parents are outraged by the lack of communication and want him gone, and hundreds of them have signed a petition calling for his removal. “They said they were listening to us, understand our concerns, they’re super valid, so that’s why they’re having this session. So, I’m hoping they make him resign. It’s just so concerning,” parent Amy Mondello said. “We want to make sure we address this matter in a thoughtful way and make sure we are being as thorough as possible,” the school committee said.Ljungberg has been superintendent since August 2022.

Outrage over Stoneham’s response to an armed person at an elementary school could cost the superintendent his job. The school committee said it could give an update on the superintendent’s status by the end of the week.

According to a Stoneham police report from March 21, the South Elementary School’s principal called 911 after he saw a man talking to himself and walking around the building.

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James McCarty, 39, who police said has a known history of mental health issues and a level 1 sex offender, was arrested with two knives on him and a third on the ground nearby, according to the police report.

According to parents, they were not told about the incident until days later when a letter was sent out to the school community.

School committee members met on Tuesday and went directly into a closed executive session to hear directly from Stoneham Superintendent David Ljungberg.

The superintendent has apologized for how he responded.

But some parents are outraged by the lack of communication and want him gone, and hundreds of them have signed a petition calling for his removal.

“They said they were listening to us, understand our concerns, they’re super valid, so that’s why they’re having this session. So, I’m hoping they make him resign. It’s just so concerning,” parent Amy Mondello said.

“We want to make sure we address this matter in a thoughtful way and make sure we are being as thorough as possible,” the school committee said.

Ljungberg has been superintendent since August 2022.

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