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Palmyra principal on unpaid leave for emailed photo

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The Palmyra Area School District has taken disciplinary action against a high school principal for a photograph he emailed to staff.

Dr. Benjamin Ruby will be placed on unpaid administrative leave when an unrelated medical leave ends next month, according to a statement from superintendent Lisa Brown.

Brown said school administrators determined the incident was an isolated case of poor judgment by Ruby.

Ruby on Feb. 21 took a photo of a Victoria's Secret bag containing a bra that had been dropped off at the school office by a parent, Brown said.

The bag was in the office waiting to be picked up by the student, who had called her mother after the bra she wore to school broke.

Brown said at no time did Ruby touch or remove the contents of the bag.

He did, however, email the picture to high school staff with the subject line, "If you need a laugh..." and the body of the email stated, "A parent just dropped this off in the office, as is, for her daughter to pick up," Brown said.

Ruby did not know to whom the bag belonged, nor did his email identify the owner of the bag, according to Brown.

The district was made aware of the email March 12 after a parent received an anonymous letter and brought the situation to the attention of school administrators.

Ruby was placed on administrative paid leave March 13 pending the investigation and has cooperated fully, Brown said.

His medical leave, from March 17 through April 17, was requested in January.

Brown also released a statement from Ruby, in which he said he takes full responsibility for exercising poor judgment.

"I apologize for the negative publicity this decision has caused others and the district as a whole. I assure you that my intent was not malicious or ill willed," Ruby said in the statement.

"Those who know me know that I care deeply for the students and staff at PHS, as well as the Palmyra community at large, and would never intentionally do anything to embarrass others or bring negative attention to our school," he said.

"I always tell students to take responsibility for their actions, and I want to demonstrate that I am willing to do the same. Accordingly, I accept my consequences and feel that they are fair and appropriate."

"I have learned from this mistake, and this learning will guide me to be a stronger, wiser principal to serve the Palmyra community upon my return," Ruby said.


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