Jan McGee, the veteran principal of Burns Science and Technology Academy in Florida, stepped down after transferring $100,000 in school funds to a web scammer masquerading as Elon Musk.
From the school’s founding in 2011, when it was a charter, McGee served as the institution’s head principal.
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Reports indicate that the con artist posing as the wealthy tech mogul offered to the STEM school to invest millions in exchange for payments made upfront.
The business manager of the school, who had some reservations about the agreement, was able to succeed in getting it canceled before the money was processed.
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In spite of the fact her coworkers informed her that she was being conned, McGee went ahead and sent the amount to the impostor claiming to be Elon Musk.
As a result of the incident, many parents and board members became outraged and felt that McGee had irresponsibly handled school monies.
At a meeting in Volusia County on Tuesday night, numerous speakers mentioned that McGee’s coworkers cautioned her about the offer being a fraud, but she disregarded their advice and went forward with the payment nevertheless.
The problem ultimately came to a head and board members threatened to step down from their positions if she did not leave before then.
A dramatic turn of events occurred when McGee abruptly resigned from her position and departed the school building, which was met with applause from the crowd.
She said her passion for the school surpasses all other feelings. She then said she was submitting her resignation today if it means the administration will continue in its current role.
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Once some time passed, it became clear that McGee carried on a conversation with the imposter Elon Musk for a number of months, prior to authorizing the check.
As a result of the issue, the Oak Hill rural school, which has a student body of over one thousand individuals and maintains extensive waiting lists, has been left to pick up the pieces.
This article appeared in NewsHouse and has been published here with permission.
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