NH Dem tapped teacher forced to resigned for sexual misconduct to serve on campaign committee

NH Dem tapped teacher forced to resigned for sexual misconduct to serve on campaign committee
Maggie Hassan (Image: YouTube screen grab via USA Today)

New Hampshire Democrat Maggie Hassan appointed a teacher her husband had forced to resign over sexual misconduct with a student to the leadership committee for her 2012 gubernatorial campaign.

Tom Hassan forced longtime history teacher Rick Schubart to retire from Phillips Exeter Academy in 2011 after Schubart admitted to having an affair with a student in the 1970s.

Hassan allowed Schubart to retain emeritus status and the academy continued to list him on its curriculum until a second former student came forward with similar allegations of sexual misconduct in 2015. The school barred him from campus but did not notify parents, alumni, or teachers of Schubart’s actions until it was contacted by the Boston Globe in March of this year.

Tom Hassan apologized for his handling of the scandal. His successor, Principal Lisa MacFarlene, called the school’s handling of Schubart’s resignation “insufficient.”

Despite her husband’s knowledge of Schubart’s sexual misconduct, Hassan named the teacher and his wife, Caren, to leadership committees for her first gubernatorial run in 2012.

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