Solon Principal Cleared, Reinstated

(Solon) - Solon High School Principal Erin Short will be able to return to work after police and prosecutors determined there will be no charges in connection with an email alleging she had an inappropriate relationship with a student some years ago.

Short was put on paid leave February 15th, after two members of the Solon Board of Education received an email which alleged "inappropriate behavior" by Short more than ten years ago. The case was turned over to Solon Police and the city prosecutor. On Wednesday, Prosecutor Lon Stolarsky told the Cleveland Jewish News that he would rule there were no criminal charges in the matter. The police lieutenant who was in charge of the investigation said that the case has been closed.

Earlier this week, Short released a statement through her lawyer calling the email "fraudulent." She wrote, "On February 14, 2021, a fraudulent email was sent to members of the Solon Board of Education. The sender of this email created a fictitious email account by using a false name in order to falsely accuse me of inappropriate conduct. It is an unfortunate sign of the times that anyone can hide behind a computer, create a fake email account, and defame anyone of their choosing with a few key strokes."

Solon Superintendent Fred Bolden put out a letter to staff and school families saying once the final report from the police has been turned over to the school district, it will be decided when Short can return to work.

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