Former principal at Catholic school resigns

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The former principal of Bishop McCort Catholic High School says he’s left the Johnstown school.

Ken Salem announced the decision Wednesday, the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat ( ) reports. He had been on paid leave since March 1 and had been at the school for nearly two decades.

Some area residents who objected when Salem was put on leave without explanation also lamented his departure.

Rob Eckenrod says the resignation is “a sad day” and that school leaders “unjustly” allowed Salem’s reputation to be tarnished by a separate scandal.

More than 50 former Bishop McCort students claim that a Franciscan friar who committed suicide in January molested them when he helped at the school from 1992 to 2001.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown in central Pennsylvania is investigating the claims.

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