We have learned that Mr. Leo Brent Bozell, IV – the individual who wore a “Hershey Christian Academy” sweatshirt while engaged in inappropriate activities on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol – is now facing federal charges for his conduct.
In the course of reporting on the charges that Mr. Bozell faces, various media outlets have suggested and/or reported that Mr. Bozell is a former coach of HCA’s girls’ basketball team, and that information has made its way into the affidavit of probable cause submitted by the FBI.
The information about Mr. Bozell and the Academy is incorrect. As the HCA stated in two public statements issued in January in response to a flurry of speculation on Twitter and other social media sites, Mr. Bozell is not a member of the HCA’s staff or its board of directors, he is not an employee, and he is not a representative of the Academy. Mr. Bozell most certainly is not a former coach of a girls’ basketball team at our school, given that we opened in 2019 and have no sports program of any kind.
Mr. Bozell’s actions have caused considerable disruption to our school community. Our school has been cast in an unwarranted negative light. Our staff members have been harassed. The parents of our students are concerned. Most importantly, the backlash from Mr. Bozell’s actions has prevented our staff and board from focusing on the sole mission of providing a Christ-centered education to our students.
The Academy would like to get back to the business of educating its students in a loving and safe environment. We cannot do that if we must redirect our school’s limited resources to correct inaccurate reporting that suggests a correlation between the Academy and Mr. Bozell that does not exist.
We ask that the media please respect our wishes and leave the school and its stakeholders out of any reporting on Mr. Bozell’s actions and any charges he faces as a result.