I’m sure being a principal is an amazingly stressful job but that doesn’t excuse dragging five-year-olds from classrooms by their limbs. That’s what caused the suspension of school principal Carmen Perez-Dickson in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The Chief administrative officer for the school district said that her recommendation was that the school board fire Perez-Dickson, but instead the school board decided to suspend her for six months. She will return to her role as an administrator in March. From NBC Connecticut.com:
“The board did not exactly agree with us, so the action that was taken was not what we recommended. If I saw the same evidence and saw the same video today, we’d support the same recommendation we made at the time,” Kase said.
The video went public on Friday and the incidents took place in 2012. The parents of the children involved released the following:
Board members were divided on the punishment for Dickson. Leticia Colon voted to have her fired.
“Children go to school to learn and to be respected and we are an example. And if we start to bully, then we can’t expect much from these children. They will learn to bully others,” Colon said.
This is just my opinion, but I don’t think this woman should be anywhere near children. I can’t even imagine how dangerous this is, considering a kid could easily have an arm pop out of its socket, and there has to be another way of handling kids who are acting disruptive in classrooms. I’m not sure exactly what the principal’s new role will be, but as a parent I would have a hard time with my kid attending a school she was still connected with. I know kids can be unruly and difficult to deal with, but it’s hard for me to imagine anything a kindergarten student could do which would result in them being dragged around like a sack of potatoes like this.
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