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Parents at St. Patrick react to Pryor resignation

Former teacher William Richard Pryor was most recently employed as a math teacher at St. Patrick High School. (Photo source: St. Patrick High School's website) Former teacher William Richard Pryor was most recently employed as a math teacher at St. Patrick High School. (Photo source: St. Patrick High School's website)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

According to court documents, William Richard Pryor confessed to FBI agents he molested eight male students between 1973 and 2005 when he was employed at Bayou View Middle School.

The 68-year-old was most recently employed as a math teacher at St. Patrick High School. We are hearing from parents about the way St. Patrick school administrators handled Pryor's recent resignation.

"I think the school is doing great, and you know I don't care where you go, things like this can happen anywhere," said one grandparent of a student at St. Patrick.

Those were the thoughts echoed by all the parents WLOX spoke with about Pryor's resignation. According to Catholic Diocese of Biloxi Superintendent Dr. Mike Ladner, Pryor resigned after FBI agents escorted him off campus on Tuesday.

"We've been contacted by phone. Also, the media has talked with the superintendent, and he did a wonderful job," said Frank Skinner.

Parents are happy with the transparency of the school administration, feeling the school is taking the appropriate steps to inform them and their students.

"They have been very professional, with dignity for all those involved, and I appreciate them keeping us informed, and keeping our children feeling comfortable and safe," said Kathy Wagner.     

According to the affidavit, two victims have come forward with allegations of Pryor molesting them. Victim #1 told FBI agents he was molested by Pryor from 1973-1975 while he was one of Pryor's students at Bayou View Junior High. Victim #2 said the same thing happened in 1999 and 2000.

Also in the affidavit are details of Pryor's confession to the FBI that he molested at least eight boys who were his students over a 20 year span.

"Justice will take care of itself, and we believe in the justice system, and let it run its course and we'll handle it that way," said Skinner.     

Catholic Diocese of Biloxi Superintendent Dr. Michael Ladner has made himself available at the school to answer any questions parents or students may have.

"We did go to his classroom and we had a substitute in today and we informed the children we already have the teacher for that particular class. So we are moving forward and we think we are going to be better going forward," said Ladner.

Pryor has a detention hearing set for Tuesday at 2:30pm. If found guilty, he faces 10 years to life in prison.

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