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Wyoming School Superintendent Cindy Hill Accused of Inappropriately Touching Male Workers and Inducing Stress

| by Amanda Schallert
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Wyoming school employees are accusing superintendent Cindy Hill of inappropriately touching male employees and inducing enough stress to give workers medical problems.

The allegations stem from investigations into the tenure of Hill, the superintendent of public instruction, which were launched after the state legislature took away her responsibility of running of the Department of Education in January, according to the Star Tribune.

Republican Gov. Matt Mead launched the investigation into Hill, who was elected superintendent in 2010. 

The report on Hill reveals that some of her employees experienced large problems with stress while she was in power. 

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Two workers said they needed emergency treatment for stress-related problems while HIll was in power. Other employees said they felt the need to seek medical help or take medications for depression, blood pressure or panic attacks because of the way the workplace environment — created by Hill — affected them.

One worker told investigators she went to an emergency room the same evening she was asked to show support for Hill with other employees at an event.

The reports also detail accounts of male workers who felt Hill touched them inappropriately by giving them massages and holding their shoulders for uncomfortably long periods of time.

Hill called the accusations absurd and said that she is not the type of person to touch people in the way described.

Initially, the only sections of the report available to the public mostly documented problems with Hill’s management of the education department and her misuse of federal funds.   

The original report also said Hill once said she would not allow state lawmakers to bully her at her birthday party, while she was waving around a knife. It also included information about staff members who would bring baseball bats to restrooms for protection. 

Hill — a member of the tea party — is set to challenge current Gov. Mead in the 2014 Republican gubernatorial primary. 

Sources: Huffington Post, Star Tribune