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Lawsuit accuses Minooka Principal Kubinski of putting student records on iTunes

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 9:20 p.m. CDT

MINOOKA – A lawsuit filed in Will County alleges a Minooka Community High School principal shared student records on iTunes.

The lawsuit was filed March 18 on behalf of parent Kelly Klepec against Minooka Community High School District 111 and Darcie Kubinski, principal for the high school. 

The lawsuit alleges that on Jan. 31, Kubinski posted a recording from a closed-session school board meeting where Klepec’s child’s discipline records were discussed. The discipline record was being discussed as part of a 2012 “bullying incident” at the school. 

A written statement from the Collins Law Firm in Naperville, which represents the family, said the lawsuit was filed after attempts to address the issue with the school district failed.

The lawsuit also alleges Kubinski had engaged in conduct that intended to cause damage, including emotional distress, against Klepec and that she had abused her position of authority to intimidate Klepec without any legitimate purpose in mind.

Jim Colyott, district superintendent, said school officials have received the lawsuit and the district plans to defend itself against it. He said he had no comment on the alleged Jan. 31 incident where Kubinski had apparently distributed a recording from a closed-session school board meeting. 

“As superintendent, I am confident Mrs. Kubinski has not done any wrongdoing nor has intimidated any students in the community high school,” he said. 

According to the lawsuit, in October 2012, Kubinski had caused a students’ records to be shared with a third party who was not a teacher at Minooka South or Central high schools. The records were related to a bullying event at South High School, and the third party was able to know the identity of the students named in the records shared by Kubinski, the lawsuit stated.

Aaron Rapier, an attorney with the law firm representing Klepec’s family, said the incident in 2012 should have been worked out between the family and the school’s administrators but was not. 

He said the family was interested in working out a way to prevent such sharing of a students’ records again and attended the district’s school board meetings. They were told by school officials they would take the matter under advisement but never received an answer, he said.

“Here you have the family trying to get answers on what has happened and yet they’re not getting answers,” he said. “And yet a principal is willing to share what is being discussed over closed session.”

Rapier said numerous teachers at the high school and others who heard the recording were able to corroborate that Kubinski shared the recording over iTunes.

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