The video, entitled – We Celebrate the Closing of the Tipton Academy with a Good Ol’ Banner Burning, runs about a minute and a half and was generously laced with obscene references.
Mitchell County Attorney Mark Noah says an incident this past weekend triggered an investigation that since it started, has been trying to sort through an avalanche of allegations moving the case well beyond the community of Tipton.
Noah said the immediate concern is the welfare and disposition of the boys still at the Academy.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has taken the lead in the multi-jurisdictional investigation which also includes the Jewell County Attorney’s Office, the Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department and the SRS.
Noah said, “For the time being the Tipton Academy remains open.” The Tipton Academy is owned and operated by its parent company in Utah under the direction of company CEO Kevin Richey.
As for the myriad of rumors surrounding the bizarre case, in particular reports of the old school building in Jewell being sold, Noah said he was not at liberty to comment at this time. A check with the Jewell County Register of Deeds Office shows that the City of Jewell still owns the property that was deeded over to them when the school district disorganized 2-years ago.
Noah did say more information would be made available to the public as the investigation progresses.