The Huffington Post had an interesting article about a brilliant high school principal in Pennsylvania that was busted sending texts and emails about a special needs (bipolar) student. In these messages, he called the student a “psychopath,” noted that he thought the student might turn into another “Hinckley, Booth, and Oswald,” said that student was “the biggest accident waiting to happen,” and said he thought the student was, “the inspiration for the CSI show on school killing sprees.”
In response to these obviously offensive and completely inappropriate comments, he was suspended for investigation, but then the school board went ahead and reinstated him (a 6 to 3 vote), but noted that he is no longer allowed to work with the school’s special needs students.
Okay, so let’s think about this.
The guy isn’t bright enough to know that everything he says about students is available through the open records act. Yet he’s bright enough to run a school? Somehow, me thinks he’s too stupid to be in charge of that school. Especially with those types of comments. (And the fact that the reason he was caught was that he sent the text during a meeting with the student and the student’s parent!)
Next up – he’s allowed to be the principal, but he can’t work with special needs students. Hello? That’s like saying, hey, I know you molested an 8 year old, so you don’t get to work with any more 8 year olds. But go ahead and keep on working at an elementary school. The guy has proven he is not appropriate to work with part of the student body, why keep him? And the fact that this kid is now going to school knowing that his (or her – student not identified) principal thinks that he/she is crazy. Wow. That’ll make him/her feel great about school! And the fact that the board doesn’t care about him/her is going to make him/her feel great, too.
Why do we excuse behavior when it comes from adults who should know better? Especially when it makes the kids suffer? If I was in that town, I’d be looking forward to the elections to get rid of those six school board members…