Channel 5 – John London
NEWPORT —It has been a mighty hard fall in the past week for the leader of a Northern Kentucky school system.
Facing a criminal charge of domestic violence, Campbell County Superintendent Glen Miller, 53, has decided to retire.
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In a statement from Janis Winbigler, the board chairwoman, Miller indicated the effective date of his retirement will be Nov. 1.
“Please be assured the Board of Education will be moving forward to quickly address this situation and ensure continuity of leadership,” Winbigler said.
Miller has been the superintendent of Campbell County schools since the summer of 2011.
According to Erlanger police, Miller’s daughter called 911 on the night of Sept. 23 and said that her father had struck her mother in the face and neck.
An officer met with the daughter and mother at a nearby church on Turkeyfoot Road.
The police report indicated the officer observed the injury, verified it was made when Miller struck her and proceeded with the investigation.
Police said Miller, “advised the contact was accidental.” The officer determined the injury “was not consistent with accidental” and charged Miller with domestic violence assault.
Since Miller, by virtue of his position in the school district, is considered a role model for students, those on the front lines of violence against women are reacting in ways they hope will bring about greater awareness and greater protection.
“Domestic violence happens and it doesn’t matter whether you’re educated or uneducated, whether you’re rich, you’re poor, your religion,” Marsha Croxton said, who is the executive director of the Northern Kentucky Women’s Crisis Center. “It’s out there and people don’t believe that it’s happening. We are a victim-blaming society.”
She has no way of knowing how Campbell County students are processing their superintendent’s arrest, but she sports a green dot pin that speaks to a five-year intervention effort involving 26 Kentucky schools, including Simon Kenton.
They participated in Green Dot, which teaches students how to recognize potential relationship violence and the appropriate way to react.
“The unpublished report showed that by teaching students how to be active bystanders, to either directly confront something, to distract an individual from doing something or to delegate, go find somebody that can help, they actually reduced instances of interpersonal violence in their school.”
At Women Helping Women, Kristin Shrimplin said statistics that show one out of every three teens experiences violence in the home or in relationships and that 57 percent know someone who has experienced that type of violence.
Ohio mandates all seventh through 12th grade students take a teen dating violence prevention course.
It grows out of Tina’s Law, named for Tina Croucher, who was murdered by her boyfriend.
The mandate is something Kentucky has yet to require in its public schools.
“So, we know we can have these pro-active, prevention-focused conversations and these type of conversations were not really happening seven, eight, ten years ago,” said Shrimplin.
There is a 24-hour crisis line at Women Helping Women.
“It’s anonymous, it’s confidential, they can talk about their situation, they can get a safety plan that’s customized for them,” Shrimplin said.
If reaching out to a service provider is not an option for someone and they choose instead to confide in a family member or a friend, experts said it’s critical to offer reassurance.
“I believe you, it’s not your fault,” Shrimplin said are the phrases someone caught in domestic violence needs to hear.
Part of what can keep the victim of abuse isolated is the false belief that she has caused the violent behavior, that it’s her fault.
The crisis line number at Women Helping Women is 513-381-5610.