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Lawsuit filed against Harrisonville school district

 An alleged inappropriate relationship between former Harrisonville High School staff member Joe Dahman and an unnamed student has resulted in a lawsuit being filed against the Harrisonville School District.  Fox4kc.com said the incident took place in 2016 and 2017 and included an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship between the student who was 14 at the time, the use of illegal substances, and the sharing of pornographic images. Dahman has since resigned from his position as the In-School Suspension teacher and football/wrestling coach for the Harrisonville Wildcats.  

“I really doubt this lawsuit will affect the students here at HHS,” stated Principal Mark Wiegers.  Because the incident took place before his time as principal, Wiegers said he has no knowledge of the topic and is unable to answer any questions.

Assistant Principal Mark Rorvig agreed with Wiegers regarding the impact of the suit.

“The lawsuit should only affect the students by the negative attention it brings to the school,” Rorvig said. In addition, he said there should not be any negative effects on the staff aside from those whose names are mentioned in the lawsuit.

This issue has not yet been addressed with the student body, but many students believe it should be.  

“Students needs to be wary of inappropriate relationships with teachers since his relations with a student was the main issue,” Senior Tate Cardinal said.

This lawsuit is a civil lawsuit and not a criminal lawsuit.  No criminal charges have been filed.

 An alleged inappropriate relationship between former Harrisonville High School staff member Joe Dahman and an unnamed student has resulted in a lawsuit being filed against the Harrisonville School District.  Fox4kc.com said the incident took place in 2016 and 2017 and included an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship between the student who was 14 at the time, the use of illegal substances, and the sharing of pornographic images. Dahman has since resigned from his position as the In-School Suspension teacher and football/wrestling coach for the Harrisonville Wildcats.  

“I really doubt this lawsuit will affect the students here at HHS,” stated Principal Mark Wiegers.  Because the incident took place before his time as principal, Wiegers said he has no knowledge of the topic and is unable to answer any questions.

Assistant Principal Mark Rorvig agreed with Wiegers regarding the impact of the suit.

“The lawsuit should only affect the students by the negative attention it brings to the school,” Rorvig said. In addition, he said there should not be any negative effects on the staff aside from those whose names are mentioned in the lawsuit.

This issue has not yet been addressed with the student body, but many students believe it should be.  

“Students needs to be wary of inappropriate relationships with teachers since his relations with a student was the main issue,” Senior Tate Cardinal said.

This lawsuit is a civil lawsuit and not a criminal lawsuit.  No criminal charges have been filed.

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