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MAPLE SHADE, N.J. (CBS) — Parents are demanding answers amid shocking charges. An assistant football coach at Maple Shade High School is accused of having sex with a student.
Parents received a letter Thursday, saying someone who was hired by an outside contractor is no longer allowed on the property due to an incident.
While it identifies the individual as the assistant football coach, it does not state he was arrested for having sex with a female student.
“You’re saying you want to maintain a safe and secure environment and our kids were not safe in the beginning,” grandparent to a student, Donna Daniels, said.
It’s considered a safe haven, as parents and guardians send their children to school expecting them to be in safe hands.
But the arrest of Maple Shade High’s assistant football coach is making guardians think again.
“It’s definitely unacceptable. There’s no excuse for that,” Daniels said. “I understand the children these days are not growing like they were when we were younger. They’re fed all these things now and they’re developing better but that doesn’t mean that they’re not still children.”
Mark Kinney, 31, of Clementon, faces multiple charges, including two counts of second-degree sexual assault.
According to the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office, the incidents with the student occurred this school year.
It is not releasing the girl’s age to protect her identity.
In addition to coaching, Kinney worked as a paraprofessional at Maple Shade High School.
In a letter sent home to parents, the district emphasized Kinney was a consultant employed by an outside agency.
When it learned of the incident, the individual was not permitted back on campus, but the letter never fully stated the accusations against Kinney.
A guardian Eyewitness News spoke with expected more transparency from the district.
“This is so vague. It doesn’t really explain what happened,” Daniels said. “But it makes me very concerned and it makes me want to speak out.”
The school district would not give any further comment beyond the letter sent home to parents. It referred parents to all the Prosecutor’s Office.