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12/21/2012 6:01:00 AM
Kingman High teacher accused of misdemeanor
Harry Schueren
Harry Schueren
Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Harry Schueren, a 32-year-old Kingman High School teacher who was suspended in late November pending an investigation into potentially inappropriate relationships with students, has been arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault by the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

The Kingman Unified School District as well as MCSO launched concurrent investigations on Nov. 26 after students approached school officials to file a complaint about Schueren.

"Apparently, the teacher was being accused of kissing students at the school," said MCSO Public Information Specialist Trish Carter.

Two students initially came forward - one of them male, the other female. Both of them accused Schueren of kissing them at different times, Carter said.

He was arrested Wednesday and is being charged for the incident that allegedly occurred with the male student two years ago in a drama class. Kissing is not classified as a sexual crime, Carter said.

The male student told MCSO that he and Schueren were having a heated discussion while leaning on each other's foreheads. At that point, Schueren allegedly kissed him, according to what the student told detectives.

Schueren told detectives that while he was leaning his forehead on the student's someone called his name. He claims that he turned to answerthe call and inadvertently brushed his lips against the student's, Carter explained.

As for the female student, she accused Schueren of kissing her earlier this year. There was a witness, but the witness denied that the incident happened, Carter said.

Through the investigation, detectives learned that Schueren might have a relationship with one of the school's students that involves kissing and spending time together. The student as well as Schueren denied there was a relationship.

The witness who denied seeing Schueren kiss the female student is the same student who was questioned about having an inappropriate relationship with the teacher, Carter said.



Probes complete

The MCSO's investigation is complete.

The district's investigation is complete as well and has been for nearly a week, said Superintendent Roger Jacks. Officials are in the process of finalizing their plans for Schueren.

The information gathered by the district and MCSO is being forwarded to the county attorney's office, which will look through the data and give KUSD a recommendation on how to proceed.

"Teachers in the district for more than three years are entitled to a hearing (if they're fired)," Jacks said. Quite often at these hearings, legal counsel for both sides gets involved.

"We have an obligation to make sure we do this lawfully," Jacks said.

Jacks expects to have a recommendation following winter break, which begins Saturday and ends Jan. 7.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

It seems to me that this teacher was just a caring individual who may have acted improperly in an effort to console or calm a child in his care. Teaching our children is a thankless job that requires patience and understanding not over reaction by this newspaper and the community. If he was a child molester it seems to me that there would be a lot more evidence in this case. Even charging this man with a misdemeanor seems like a waste of taxpayers money like quite a few cases lately. The cat lady comes to mind. I think that the city attorney is the one that should go. Oh and by the way it was just last week that Rich wanted to give this guy a gun.

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous #2

I truly believe that he should not be teaching anymore he openly admitted he had been touching foreheads with a student...to me you have already passed a boundary and At no point what so ever should a teacher be that close to a student I don't care what the reason is!!!

Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2012
Article comment by: Judge not, Lest ye be judged

All these comments making judgement on a story lacking any hard facts.

These are allegations and as yet are un-proven.

In Kingman the old legal standard of innocent until proven guilty doesn't exist.

And frakly I think the Miners "excuse" for naming the teacher assused of a misdemeanor is a little shallow.


Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Article comment by: Former Drama Student

I was a student of Schueren's from my sophomore year until i graduated last spring.

I highly doubt he did any of these things. He was very disliked by many students, usually for his methods, as they didnt really like it compared to their old instructor, and some of the newer students saw him as perhaps too crass. I found him stubborn at times but very knowledgeable and overall a good teacher.

That being said, his first year there was rumors (unfounded as they were) because of the change of regime from the older students who were Juniors and Seniors above me and didnt like the change up. He's been on the hot seat since he arrived at KHS, and i HIGHLY doubt he would be this stupid to do these things and ruin his career.

That being said, if he isnt charged or prosecuted, i wouldnt blame him at all for moving far away from here and go teach somewhere else.(provided he still is legally allowed to teach). The drama program in that school has doled out more real life Drama than a Soap Opera, and he should be glad to get out of there


Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012
Article comment by: time line .

Why did the male student wait 2 years to come forward and the female student was earlier in the year? (The year is almost over) This is the only recent student-staff/teacher case that I would question (that's been in the miner). Has anyone else came forward? Did the teacher in question have suggestive texts or anything else? The truth will come out.

@ biggest fear- I agree with you that some are falsely accused.



Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012
Article comment by: A Drama MOM

This is a very sad story, my son was involved in drama for three years with mr schueren. Even if he isnt guilty of anything his career and reputation are now ruined by this, especially in this town. I guess when you place yourself in positions to be accused, you shouldnt be suprised when it happens.

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Guess this ought to shoot holes in arm the teachers solution for gun violence, law enforcement has a psychological test to try and weed out the social misfits who might be a bit trigger happy, even so they let some slip through the test, a pedophile psychological test might help weed out the unfit for teaching degrees, some will likely fall through the cracks but seems like we have a flood in news media of both male and female pedophiles preying on our kids under the guise of teacher!

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: KILDRUM SHANKBRIDGE

ah thought we were dealing with Drama Class - not Algebra II Class...

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: joker wilde

I recall reading that the Miner does not publish misdemeanor arrests. Guess the policy has been changed. This guy is in for hell in jail and probably should. Note: The Miner was not going to print the teacher's name. However, an Associated Press story about the charge moved across the wire Thursday afternoon, and the man was named in that story. Given that circumstance, if the Miner stuck with its plan it likely would have been the only daily newspaper in the state that did not name the man.

Posted: Saturday, December 22, 2012
Article comment by: it would be a beautiful thing .....

.....if the kids were 5 years old. The acceptability factor drops off very rapidly after that.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: biggest fear

Im former wife taught many grade levels. She would loose sleep at night with nightmares of accidently touching a child and being accused. She knew teachers that had been accused for something as honest bumping into a child. I guess you could call it shell shock.

It took along time to understand that. However, I realised Kids are very powerful today. They can ruin a career or anyones life at will.

However. If any teacher did touch a child with intent. Prosecute to the maximum. Let them figure out how to live labeled for life.


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Town Crier

Wow, what a story from a creepy little man trying to get out of an inappropriate situation. This teacher admittedly used inappropriate acts...um touching foreheads. This guy needs to go. He is not what KUSD needs from their teachers. Students with a motive or not, his actions were/are not appropriate for a professional.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: mike hawk

This is how I kissed my first girlfriend in elementary school. Nose to nose forehead to forehead and some one called my name and our lips brushed. It was official we were boyfriend and girlfriend for two days.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: JIST me again

Article comment by: Well now ..what in this article so much as implies one of these students, much less both, have a grudge....... or are you just trying to minimilize

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: Well now

Sounds te me like these students have a grudge with a tough teacher and they are trying to get him fired. I wouldn't be surprised, kids are ruthless these days.

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: concerned citizen

"He claims that he turned to answerthe call and inadvertently brushed his lips against the student's, Carter explained."

Give me a break!!!


Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012
Article comment by: sorry for mr. jacks

The non-educational issues this man has to deal with are overwhelming. He should be issued a bio hazzard suit and a shovel.



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