School policy revisions possible in light of Nicewarner allegations

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HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - In an interview with 5 News Tuesday, Dr. Mark Manchin, superintendent of Harrison County schools, said he and his staff are reviewing policy revisions in light of allegations of sexual misconduct against Joshua Nicewarner.

"Or a new policy that we would be able to adopt that clarifies and spells out exactly the relationship between students and teachers as it relates to e-mails, Twitter, Facebook," Manchin explained, adding that officials may more carefully monitor such conversations that they previously would have considered innocuous.

Nicewarner, who was charged last Friday with two felony counts of soliciting a minor via a computer and use of obscene matter with intent to seduce a minor, has coached football at Bridgeport High school and taught at Liberty High School.

"Teachers and coaches, and those of us in these positions enjoy a high profile and a lot of trust, and to betray that trust is what's heartbreaking," Manchin said.

In past unrelated interviews, Manchin has stressed district officials reserve the right to step in if they suspect improper activity online.

He calls the allegations "eye-opening," and says it reinforces the need to continue to be vigilant with how they monitor social media.

Manchin also confirmed that the alleged victim is a 14-year-old female student in the school district, but he said there's no indication at this point to believe Nicewarner used any school computers to allegedly seduce that student.

The story continues in the video above. You can also watch the rest of the conversation with Manchin, who says administrators could address these allegations on the first day of school in August.