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October 24, 2014, 2:01 am
970 WMAY News

School Supt: Turner Given Second Chance, No Special Treatment

Springfield's interim school superintendent says the district did its due diligence... and didn't give anyone special treatment... when it hired Lanphier High School basketball coach Blake Turner years ago, despite an extensive arrest record.


The Illinois Times revealed last week that Turner had multiple arrests on charges ranging from drugs to violent assault in the years before he was hired as an assistant coach in 2008.


Some of the charges were felonies... but were either dismissed or were pleaded down to misdemeanors.


Interim superintendent Bob Hill tells the State Journal-Register that the incidents were thoroughly researched before Turner was hired, and the decision was made to give him another chance.

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