JAMESTOWN-“Parents have a right to know what they legally have a right to know,” was part of the response by JPS Superintendent Bret Apthorpe when asked if parents should know about teachers in the district facing criminal charges.

Apthorpe would not give a yes or no answer when asked if Eric W. Sohl, arrested on two counts of stalking Sunday, was teaching today at Jefferson Middle School. Contacted this morning by TheCAT Apthorpe accused us of “wordsmithing” and “talking in circles” before slamming the phone down after saying “This conversation has gone far enough.”

Apthorpe was asked repeatedly if a pending criminal matter involving a teacher was a “personnel matter” only and repeatedly said it is the policy of JPS “and all other state districts” to not make public comments about such matters.

When asked if Sohl was in school Monday, Apthorpe would not answer. When asked if Sohl was not present he would not answer. “I didn’t say that,” he responded when told his responses indicated either Sohl was present or was absent.

Apthorpe said the police can contact the state education department which then will investigate since it licenses teachers.