The actions of a Bridgeport, CT principal has started a firestorm among local parents. The parents are calling for principal Carmen Perez-Dickinson to be fired after video footage surfaced showing the woman dragging a 5-year-old student down a hallway by her feet. Another video was also released that showed the principal doing the same thing to another kindergartner in 2012.
Parents are not only upset because of the principal’s actions, they are also angry because she was not fired once the videos were released. Instead of firing the her, the school board merely issued a six month suspension and allowed her to keep her job.
According to ABC News one parent wasn’t even notified about the incident at Tisdale Elementary Schoo until months after the event occurred. In an interview Nakeya Hargrove said “After seeing the videos, she dragged my daughter like she was some kind of animal” She then went on to ask the question “Who in their right mind let a principal go back to any school in Bridgeport and be a principal again?”
Some members of the school board have gone on record and stated that regardless of the principal’s 30 years with the school district she still should have been fired. Chief Administrative Officer Sandra Kase said “Principals are supposed to be protectors of children, they’re not supposed to hurt children.” Kae also said that the school’s superintendent would have the final say on Perez-Dickinson’s employment status with the district.
What do you think? After watching the video below, let me know if you feel like this principal’s actions were justified.