Strikes can create hard feelings, but the director of a high school band in
suburban Cleveland is accused of taking things a little too far.
Police say the director, Donald Sullivan, has been indicted on charges of intimidation
and retaliation after admitting he mailed a raccoon head to a high school principal.
Principal Deborah Houchins received the unwelcome present in the final days
of the bitter two-month strike that ended Nov. 5, according to the Associated
Press. Sullivan doesn't work in Houchins' school, but he admitted being angry
with her for letting her school's band perform without its director during the
strike, the AP reports. He told police he found the dead raccoon while jogging.
A grand jury did not find the crime to be racially motivated, as some community
leaders had charged. Sullivan is white and Houchins is black, and several pastors
said using a raccoon made it a racial hate crime.
Sullivan was suspended without pay, pending a vote on whether to dismiss him.
Both criminal charges are felonies.
The Associated Press, via the San Francisco Chronicle