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Reaction After Teacher Arrested For Child Porn

LYCOMING COUNTY— Matthew Manning, 38, of Hughesville is accused of having and disseminating child porn. He was arrested Thursday.

Manning is a science teacher at Muncy Junior/Senior High School in Lycoming County.

“Very uncomfortable, considering I just had him, like a month ago in school and he was teaching these kids. I think he had a 7th grade class and anyone under 17, just to hear it is weird,” said Muncy High School senior Maurice Brown.

Parents with students in the district were concerned by the news, too.

“You know you see people every day and you just never know that something like that is going on behind closed doors, you know what I mean.” You can meet them and have no idea, so that’s what’s really scary,” said Tara Bolick of Muncy.

Authorities arrested Manning at Camp Karoondinha near Mifflinburg, a Boy Scout camp, known as Camp K, where Manning was director for the past 3 years.

Right now, there are about 240 youths and adults in that camp.

Officials there said they have been cooperating with investigators and have no reason to believe Manning did anything illegal at the camp.

In a statement to Newswatch 16, scout official Jon Brennan said, “I have not had any contact with authorities questioning anything. If anything was a question about this facility, we would have closed the facility down. “

Manning has been replaced as camp director, there is no word on his employment status with the Muncy School District.

7 comments

  • Thehomeslice

    I will use “john” as a name to protext my identity. I was a staff member about two years ago at camp k where mr manning was the camp director.. Some crazy stuff went on at the camp that year. Including a staff only “grey area” skit where satffers both over 18 and under 18 were encouraged to get out all the lewdness and inappropriate jokes they could before campers started showing up the following week. Some of the jokes presented were very poor taste and very inappropriate for young adults under the age of 18 to be participating in or even witnessing. On another occasion some staffers brought into camp a pornographic movie and it was watched by several underage persons. This was later to be discovered by mr manning and the whole thing swept inder the rug as it didnt even exsist. This was two years ago. I was a staffer in that cabin and refused to be in the cabin during its showing. I in no way wanted to be a part of it. Mr brennen was never notified of this occurance. And it was never dealt with properly. I am here to finally speak out against this event with the hope that I may remain anonymous. Not everything about the boyscouts is as it seems. Theyre all about self image and protecting their own people and covering stuff like this up.
    Thank you for reading this..

    John D.

  • uncle stosh

    It was about 20 years ago or so now that WNEP jad their own problems with a jim renick? My aunt down in moosic took pictures of the cops taking him away in hancuffs. I wonder if this amadon is related to him?

      • uncle stosh

        Its sad times here in NEPA the valley hasn’t been right since the early 1990s. You know I’m glad the kids grew up and left. Kind of wish things were different. Families struggle and a school teacher betraying the trust must be keeping the state stores afloat.

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