Federal lawsuit filed against superintendent

SHAMOKIN – A federal lawsuit has been filed against James Zack, the superintendent of the Shamokin Area School District.  Three of four victims who were sent sexually explicit text messages by former substitute teacher Michael Zack, who is James Zack’s nephew, have filed the lawsuit.


Michael Zack is accused of sending thousands of text messages and emails to the victims between the ages of 15 and 17, during the summer and fall of 2011, while working as a substitute teacher in the district.  The lawsuit filed claims Superintendent James Zack failed to discipline his nephew when he allegedly learned about the texting.


The suit says, “As a result of the school district’s indifference to Zack’s inappropriate sexual behavior, he continued to have access to the teens and was allowed to teach their classes.”  Zack was arrested in mid-November of 2011.


He was fired by the school board in December of 2011.  He pleaded guilty in December of 2012 and was sentenced to six to 23-months in county prison.  Superintendent James Zack has declined to comment on the lawsuit.  (Ali Stevens)




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