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Strange, sad story from Canton

By John Published: March 17, 2010

The story Wednesday about the Canton school administrator who resigned Monday after trying to kill himself last Thursday in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park has a lot of unanswered questions that we hope will become clearer when there is a resolution to the Stark County sheriff's investigation.

At this point, remember, James Irvin faces some serious misdemeanor charges from Peninsula, but that's it.  UPDATE: Late Wednesday afternoon, Irvin was charged with sexual battery. We have a brief in today's newspaper. The Repository has more from last night.

 There are some protesters in Canton who believe the district should have fired him before he retired on Monday, even if the charges in Peninsula are were the only ones he ends up facing. It's a question that warrants further inquiry.

It can't be said enough that Nicholas Swonger and pastor Neal Wheeler risked their own lives last Thursday to save Irvin from hurting himself or others. Sgt. Daniel Renz of the Peninsula police considers them heroes. Renz and his officers also deserve credit for ending a volatile situation peacefully. More  to come.



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