Idaho School Board Superintendent Resigns over Polygamy Charge

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Idaho School Board Superintendent Resigns over Polygamy Charge

Here are a couple of news articles out of Idaho regarding the suspension and then resignation of the Horseshoe Bend School District Superintendent. Apparently he got together with a second "wife" who wrote a letter to her sister basically saying how great her life was. The sister then took the letter to their father who immediately went to the Horseshoe Bend School Board and demanded the resignation of the superintendent.

Would love to hear thoughts, comments, and feedback on this situation.

Father says daughter is in polygamous relationship with school chief

http://www.ktvb.com/news/School-superintendent-placed-on-leave---1371544...

by Andrea Lutz
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KTVB.COM
Posted on January 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Updated Thursday, Jan 12 at 10:03 PM

It all happened Tuesday night, when Superintendent Cook’s personal life was revealed at the meeting. Trustees then came out of a closed executive session with the decision to place him on leave.

Boise resident, Don Reiman presented a letter to board trustees Tuesday night that states his 30-year-old daughter is involved in a polygamous relationship with Superintendent John Cook.

“This is not easy to step up and essentially be exposing my daughter as a polygamist but sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing,” said Reiman.

Wednesday evening Reiman spoke with KTVB about the relationship between his daughter Jana and Superintendent Cook.

“She started alienating herself from the rest of the family, her friends and so we became concerned,” he said.

Reiman says his daughter met Cook during a rafting trip two years ago and their platonic relationship turned into something more. Then, it was about a year ago, Reiman sat down with Jana and Cook to discuss what was going on.

“(We) confronted him about it and told him that we were concerned that he was setting my daughter up as a second wife,” he said.

Then on Christmas Eve, Reiman's other daughter Julie received a letter from Jana explaining the details of her relationship with Cook.

“His existing wife Crystal was uncomfortable with it,” Reiman said.

Reiman shared the letter about the life she shared with Cook and the relationship with Cook’s current wife, Crystal.

"We began to see God's word clearly,” Jana wrote in the letter. “This same understanding, however, was not easily accepted by Crystal."

The letter continues to talk about how Crystal eventually came around to the idea of marriage.

"He simple [sic] changed Crystal's heart,” she wrote. “She saw what scripture was saying on marriage, then it was her leading, picking the date and preparing the bed chamber for our wedding,” Jana wrote.

Later in the letter to her sister Julie, Jana started to explain the nuptials.

"This summer we were married with cakes, rings, steak dinner, vows and photos,” she wrote. “You may say or think that it is unfair or not right for a man to love two women."

Tuesday night, Reimer saw his opportunity to take the letter and any other evidence he had to the Horseshoe Bend school board.

“So at that point we had the evidence that this was obviously an inappropriate relationship from a couple of standpoints,” he said.

He said, first; polygamy is illegal in the state of Idaho and although Reiman said John Cook and Jana never signed a marriage license he feels Superintendent John Cook should not be leading or influencing the school.

“We feel that bringing it out in the open was something we had to do. It's not something we are excited or proud of,” said Reimer.

After he presented Jana’s letter to the board, board trustees placed Superintendent John Cook on administrative leave. They gave no additional comments.

The board stated "personal reasons" for his departure and would not elaborate beyond that.

Reiman plans to take this opportunity to lobby this legislative session in an effort to bring awareness to the issue of polygamy in the state.
KTVB contacted Superintendent Cook by phone Wednesday afternoon, he declined to comment.

Sage
Horseshoe Bend school board accepts resignation of superintenden

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by Andrea Lutz
Bio | Email | Follow: @AndreaRLutz
KTVB.COM
Posted on January 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Updated Friday, Jan 13 at 5:47 PM

The Horseshoe Bend School Board decided to hold the special meeting to discuss the future of the district, after Superintendent John Cook was placed on administrative leave Tuesday night.

Thursday night’s meeting in the high school library brought out some residents and even students. Some community members said Superintendent Cook's resignation was a good thing; others didn’t want to say much at all.

Thursday there was not an opportunity for public comment.
On Tuesday trustees came out of a closed executive session during their regular monthly board meeting with the decision to place Cook on administrative leave.

But previously that night, Boise resident Don Reiman presented the school board with a letter from his 30-year-old daughter, which talks about a nonlegal marriage with Cook, who is already legally married to another woman.

One parent said she could not believe some of the information that has come out about Superintendent John Cook, but she felt a resignation was in order.

“And then this happens and you find out more and more information and just, it’s just sad,” said Lena Self who has an 11th grade student enrolled in the school district.

Wednesday KTVB spoke exclusively to Don Reiman, whose daughter Jana is intimately involved with Superintendent Cook. He decided to address the school board Tuesday because he feels Cook is not fit to be running the district.

“The only good thing that comes from this is that we have got a man that is a manipulator and a brainwasher and a user of people that is being exposed,” said Reiman.
Reiman said his daughter Jana met Superintendent Cook two years ago. Their platonic relationship became more and in a letter he shared from his daughter, it explains the details of a marriage ceremony between Jana and Cook.

Superintendent Cook was not at Thursday night’s meeting. When contacted, Cook declined to comment.

The school board will only say the administrative leave was due to "personal reasons." Cook sent a letter to the district this morning with his plan to resign.

Hand Of Gold
Can You believe this Guy, 28yrs are easy prey for brainwashing

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This fathers statements about is daughter, are off the wall.

"exposed a master brainwasher", so every 28yr old is no fit, nore able to determine their own lives path. Let raise the age to 50 for women to get married, surely they would not be brainwashable by then. LOL

sure friends become lovers, and best friends can come from anywhere.

A daughters letter to let the family know she is all right is turned into torch to burn her, and her family. Now what is this man suppost to do to provide for his family.

Sad thing is most likely this father is a "Good christian", let the burning begin.

Carl,

Lion
Idaho School Board Superintendent Resigns over Polygamy Charge

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"a nonlegal marriage with Cook, who is already legally married to another woman"

Might this have been more politically correct, if Cook was not already legally married.

It occurs to me that Cook is endorsing prevailing, social norms, on the record, with his first wife, then, disregarding them with his second.

But, a man is permitted to have many sex partners, off the record.

Hand Of Gold
What the Hell is this man doing in the bed room of his 30YR Daug

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When I saw the story, my mind said "oh no another teacher student thing." But no, it is a strong arming, mediling, stiff neck, control freak, trying to play around in another adults bedroom!!!!

Yes, they are our children, but they were Gods children first. Self serving...... etc... etc..

This is not some adolesent, this is a grown woman! I hope you burn in hell for what you have done.

sorry about this but this type of abuse of power really burns me.

Carl,

Sage
Exactly

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My thoughts exactly. 30 years old.... really? This man, her father, has irreparably damaged his family.

Hand Of Gold
Doing right for who?

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His comment that sometimes it is hard to do what is right!

Who is he talking about, him or his daughter?

Carl,

palval
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Just sad when two grown

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Just sad when two grown responsible adults aren't free to make their own choices

Proverbs 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.

Lion
Idaho School Board Superintendent Resigns over Polygamy Charge

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This qualifies as bias, since other lifestyle choices would not have led to dismissal.

Lion
Idaho School Board Superintendent Resigns over Polygamy Charge

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We need to more carefully consider our support of institutions, which are biased against us.

ryenwine
Idaho School Board Superintendent Resigns

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This is one scary story

---Ryenwine