An emotional public meeting was held at the Yokota High School library Monday evening in response to allegations of “inappropriate photos” being seen on a Yokota Middle School computer used by a teacher earlier this month.

More than 60 parents and several teachers from the middle school met with Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Japan District officials to discuss the handling of the allegations.

DODDS-Japan superintendent Bruce Derr read a brief statement saying that a full investigation into the alleged incident earlier this month was being conducted. He added that the investigation has yet to find inappropriate content on the computers in question.

However, it was not long before the crowd spoke up, demanding that DODDS officials take stronger action. “Right now, my confidence in the system is shattered,” one parent said.

Derr declined to comment to Stars and Stripes before or after the meeting.

Some parents and teachers attending the meeting said the investigation should be pursued more aggressively, and asked why school leadership had not previously issued any statement about what was going on.

As the meeting progressed, concern turned to outrage and tears of frustration as parents and teachers alike told the superintendent how bad they felt the situation at the school had become.

Many blamed the school principal, Don Christensen, for not doing enough and for “brushing under the rug” this and other incidents.

“In my more than 40 years of teaching, I have never been treated so poorly by a principal, until now,” one teacher said.

Others at the meeting wanted to know why individuals thought to be involved in the alleged incident had not been placed on administrative leave while the investigation was being conducted.

“In the military, we can always pull a commander if they are not doing their job properly,” said one parent.

Some parents said they were so concerned for their children’s well-being that they planned to pull them out of the classroom where the alleged incidents took place.

Also in attendance were 374th Airlift Wing and Yokota Air Base commander Col. Scott Goodwin and Chief Master Sgt. Cathy Barker, the 374th’s command chief master sergeant.

Toward the end of the meeting, Goodwin made a brief statement expressing his knowledge of the situation and his faith in DODDS’s ability to handle the matter.

He also said he has ordered an inspection at Yokota High School prompted by concerns about “contraband” in the school. “If this situation is serious enough, the wing will take action,” he said of the middle school allegations.

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