Controversy continues to swirl around Bellaire St Johns, Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. As parents dropped their kids off at school Wednesday morning, they weren’t sure if there would be classes for their children to attend.
If you logged onto the internet and tried to search Bellaire St. John’s Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, what you saw could have been shocking. We took the streets Wednesday morning to see if the students were in fact in their classrooms.
If you did a Google search for the school you may have seen, “St. John’s Central High School – permanently closed”.
That was cause for concern for many of you who flooded our email with questions and wanted to know what’s going on with the school, because family ties run deep for many who attend or have attended school there, “My mom that graduated from the school, my uncle, I attended St. John’s as well, so we do have long ties,” said Terri Bradshaw, who has a child at Bellaire St. John’s.
Rumors have been running rampant about what is going on at St. John’s since the OHSAA ruled that an ineligible player was on the football team, early on in the football season, then hearing of the resignation of former principal, Tom Graham; just two days earlier.
We were there Wednesday morning to see if the school would in fact be closed; and to the excitement of many, students entered the school for another day of lessons. Many parents who didn’t want to go on camera, said they are proud of the school and want to see it flourish, and these Irish would take after their mascot and fight no matter, “Fight and support, everybody fight and support; we believe in this school. We will prevail,” Bradshaw added.
The cause of the Google search to say the school is closed, remained unknown to school officials.
Pat DeFrancis with the Diocese of Steubenville said they alerted Google of the mistake and it has since been fixed, she also said there are no plans in the works to close the school; In fact, they are actively searching for an interim Principal and hope to have a new full-time Principal in time for the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.