Principal of private school in Cobb charged with molestation
by Jon Gillooly
August 14, 2013 08:21 PM | 11729 views | 13 13 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jack Duane Hibbs
Jack Duane Hibbs
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MARIETTA — Police arrested the principal of Faith Lutheran School in Marietta on Wednesday on charges of child molestation.

Jack Duane Hibbs of Marietta was charged with four counts of child molestation after police say he engaged in sex acts with one of his students.

“According to detectives, the male victim (who was 15 years old at the time of the alleged crimes) recently reported to authorities that he had been molested at the family residence,” Cobb Police Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a statement.

The incidents occurred at the boy’s home in November and February when the two were alone, according to the warrant.

Hibbs, 57, is being held without bond in the Cobb jail.

The school, which is off Lower Roswell Road by Sewell Park, teaches elementary and middle school grades.

Pierce said investigators do not believe this is an isolated incident and are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying other possible victims.

Anyone with information or who may have direct knowledge regarding Hibb’s contact with juveniles is asked to call (770) 801-3470.

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Really??
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August 17, 2013
How is it that the posters below decided that a comment thread on a tragic situation is an appropriate forum to chide MDJ about a supposed slant of reporting toward Cobb County Public Schools? Good grief. Not the right place to go off on such a tangent; take those comments to forum that is appropriate for them, please.
I Hope
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August 16, 2013
I hope "first hand knowlegde" calls the police if they haven't already.

My prayers are with the church, school and whoever is affected by this.
Wayne 1
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August 15, 2013
I always had my suspicions. Male in their 40's and single. Driving boys home after school. Hmmmmm

concerned parent
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August 16, 2013
If you always had your suspicions what did you do about it?
not a cobb school
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August 15, 2013
This is not a Cobb school. This is a private church school in Cobb County.

Please correct the headline and stop trashing those Government Schools the radio is always talking about as being the root of all evil.

So this guy who is alleged to have molested and committed sex acts with children is being held without bond in the Cobb jail.

He's right next to alleged bomb threat prank callers number one and two, right, who are alleged to have .... made prank calls.

Something seems a little off about that, but I can't quite put my finger in it.
anonymous
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August 15, 2013
I agree this is not a Cobb school, but rathet a school in Cobb

Please correct the headline so as to not slander Cobb Schools

Misleading
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August 15, 2013
What a MDJ anti-Cobb County Public Schools headline. How about putting the school name in the title or call it a Marietta school or Lutheran school.

Aside from this, there are so many positive things going on inside CCSD schools. In the classroom we pride ourselves in positive thinking, yet the ratio of positive press to negative blankets that and changes public opinion.

I appreciate the reporting of what is happening with our board, but let's try to have the reporting reflect what's happening in the county in the classrooms once in a while. Pride in our teachers, schools, students, and communities unfortunately must involve local media. Be a difference maker MDJ. Cobb County has a lot of greatness to be shared. If the reporters would step into a classroom- maybe they would see that. How quickly people secure good jobs, and completely forget that a good education made it possible. There is a market for people wanting to know positive news. I might even buy a paper once in a while if I knew the articles shared the 99% of things happening that are positive instead of the 1% that are negative.

I work in the county and can honestly state that the environment inside today's schools is a completely different universe than the descriptions I've seen about it in the local papers. You're reporters are always invited to visit my classroom if you'd like a dose of reality. You could teach us about your profession and we could teach you a lot if you entered with an open mind. Open invite- I look forward to your visit...

OMG...
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August 15, 2013
...I drive past there every morning. Poor children!
Former Student
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August 14, 2013
I am completely outraged.... these reporters piss me off... the boy was 15 at the time but it was in Nov Dec so you are saying the boy is no longer in the school. Jack was a great principal. I would not suspect him of this at all. He is a great man. I will not believe these allegations. Some student must have just been upset with him.I hope my church family and friends do not over react and understand that this is all in God's hands. Faith Lutheran is an amazing school with amazing teachers. Keep in mind that "all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God." God gives us choices...

Praying for Jack, Faith Lutheran, and Everyone affected by this. Hope it all is resolved quickly.
Former Student
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August 15, 2013
You are naive to believe this could not happen. To state a child is upset is an ignorant response. I will wait for the investigation to be complete, but I will not lay blame on a victim. You are correct God does give choices and adults make bad one on a regular basis, protecting children is our number one obligation as parents. I have great memories of Hibbs, but I will always error on the side of caution to protect a child.
first hand knowledge
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August 16, 2013
he is a wolf in sheep's clothing. mr. hibbs is exactly where he should be. and he has no one to blame but himself
marietta parent
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August 16, 2013
"He is a great man" is the kind of blind ignorance that allows child molestation to continue in church, school, and home. While he is innocent until proven guilty, your "protect the school and Jack at all costs" attitude is selfish and uncaring. You never once mentioned the alleged victim(s). Hopefully it is not true.
Past Student
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August 17, 2013
Just because the boy was no longer attending the school does not mean you can just dismiss his statement. It is still an issue that has to deal with the school and how he abused his position of authority within the school. Do not EVER lay blame upon the victim.

Mr. Hibbs was always kind and fair to me as a student. HOWEVER, I cannot ignore this. Whether I like the truth is or not, it is still the truth. No matter how horrible it is or how much I don't want it to be true. This is a crime that ruins lives. Not just the victims life, but every single student and family that interacted with him is affected.

This is such a devastatingly complicated issue, and such a tragic one as well. I hope that everyone has the strength and courage to get through this.
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