Acts of vandalism and harassment over a period of several months have led to the resignation of the North Sanpete High School principal.
Mark Bezzant, who was in his second year as the school's principal, has been the target of a series of incidents that culminated in the Halloween bombing of his Mt. Pleasant home. The homemade bomb damaged a chainlink fence and blew out a basement window.Bezzant cited "personal and family considerations" in tendering his resignation to the North Sanpete District School Board. Allan Hall, board president, said the board had "reluctantly accepted" the resignation.
"The board expresses deep regret at the situation which now causes the Bezzants to leave our area," Hall added.
He said the board is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the bombing.
"Those responsible," Hall said, "will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."
Police Chief Kay Larsen said the entire department is working on the case, with all leads being followed through. A dog trained in sniffing out explosives has been brought in to help with the investigation.
Once an arrest has been made, Larsen said, the case will be tried and prosecuted before a federal magistrate, since explosives were used in the bombing.
In the meantime, the North Sanpete district has made a number of changes in assignments because of Bezzant's resignation.
Courtney Syme, a 15-year employee of the district, who was principal of the North Sanpete Middle School, has been appointed principal at North Sanpete High School.
And Phillip Johnson, who was principal at Mt. Pleasant Elementary, has been appointed principal at North Sanpete Middle School. The new elementary school principal has not yet been named.