School board meets over plagiarism claim

The Mansfield school committee members met behind closed doors for about three hours Tuesday night.

According to the agenda, the meeting was to discuss a personnel matter, though it didn't specify about whom.

Originally, the Attleboro Sun-Chronicle and other local newspapers published excerpts from Superintendent Brenda Hodges' graduation speech, showing word-for-word similarities to a speech given by a Navy admiral at a commencement in Texas earlier this year.

NBC 10 was at the superintendent's office Tuesday to find out how the school district is dealing with the allegations.

Students and parents outside were very upset about the plagiarism allegations and say they think if this is true, the superintendent should be punished.

The school committee said it didn't come to any decision Tuesday night and would talk about it again next Tuesday.

Superintendent Hodges had nothing to say to our cameras.

NBC 10 asked the school committee chair if the superintendent was still employed by the district, but he would not answer that question or say whether the committee had taken a vote.