Zach Ruff, the Philadelphia-area assistant principal who made national headlines after telling teenage activists that aborted babies are in “hell,” has resigned.
Downingtown STEM Academy in Chester County released a statement Thursday saying it wants to “move forward” now that its controversial employee has stepped down. Mr. Ruff was caught on video April 21 telling pro-life activists Conner and Lauren Haines, 16 and 19 respectively, to go “to hell” with the souls of aborted children.
The former school official added at one point that President Donald Trump should also suffer eternal damnation.
“Dr. Ruff’s resignation comes following a ‘Loudermill’ hearing that was held on Friday, May 5, 2017,” the school said. “This hearing is required for all tenured employees under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. During this hearing, Dr. Ruff was given notice of the allegations against him and was given an opportunity to present his version of the series of events that occurred on April 21, 2017. Dr. Ruff, his attorney Thomas Kelly, and the District’s solicitor reviewed and discussed the confrontation that was caught on a YouTube video and substantiated by DASD surveillance video. In addition, it was noted that the DASD surveillance video did not substantiate the allegation that the demonstrators were banging on cars.”
Mr. Ruff’s final day of employment was effective Thursday.
“He acknowledged that his conduct cannot be defended or condoned and he deeply regretted his actions as displayed on the video,” the school wrote. “This school district will not interfere with the rights of anyone to express themselves, as those US Constitutional 1st Amendment rights are established in law. The Downingtown Area School District has policies that comply with all legal requirements, including compliance with the First Amendment. The two demonstrators had a right to be on a public sidewalk and a legal right to speak there as well.”
Public records indicate Mr. Ruff will soon complete a doctoral dissertation at Drexel University in Philadelphia “in their Educational Leadership and Management program, and hopes to complete his research this academic year,” The Blaze reported Friday.
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