Brooke County superintendent under fire from board’s VP for alleged data breach


Brooke County School Superintendent Toni Shute is coming under fire tonight yet another source: the board of education’s vice president.

Vice President Stacy Hooper of the Brooke County Board of Education claims Shute improperly accessed as many as a thousand protected documents from her electronic files. Hooper says that Shute hounded the state board of education for access to Hooper’s confidential files, which they finally granted.

The state board later realized it was a huge data breach, and apologized by email to Hooper, as the files contain confidential data about students that is protected by law.

“Superintendent Toni Shute and repeatedly requested and was given access to my K12 email accounts and my OneDrive which contains sensitive student information,” Hooper said. “I’m a special education teacher and a lot of information I would document would be students’ academic progress, things that might be psychological and medical in nature.”

She says that data dealt with her work in Marshall County, and earlier, in Wetzel County. Hooper says Shute had no right to it, since it involves another county school system — not Brooke County.

7News Has reached out  to Superintendent Shute for a comment, but so far, we have received no answer.

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