As Pearland residents, we all have an interest in this...
"This statement updates all parties on a campus administrator’s response to a student dress code violation.
This matter has now been thoroughly investigated. Relevant to that investigation is the following:
Pearland ISD’s dress code states: “Hair must be neat, clean and well-groomed. Extreme hair styles such as carvings, mohawks, spikes, etc. are not allowed.”
A student was found in violation of the dress code because he had a “carving” in his hair. In response, a campus administrator gave the student two appropriate choices and an additional inappropriate choice. The appropriate options included notifying his mother or receiving in-school suspension. However, the administrator also offered the student the immediate and inappropriate option of using a marker to fill in the carving. Furthermore, when the child asked for assistance in filling in the carving, it was provided.
The administrator should have immediately notified the parent of the two appropriate options. This did not happen until the day after this incident occurred. While the administrator, the principal and the assistant superintendent overseeing the school have since spoken with the child’s mother and apologized, the administrator was also placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.
The district has received a high volume of feedback from the community and beyond. All such opinions are respected. While the choice provided by the administrator was clearly wrong and insensitive, the district also considered his many years of work performance and relationships with students, staff, and parents. Hundreds of people have now voiced support for this administrator continuing to be the incoming Principal at his campus, as approved (before this incident) in April 2019.
The superintendent asks the parents and the entire public to give this administrator a second chance noting that the “man has humbly apologized, expressed great regret over this matter, and has resolved to re-earn the trust and confidence placed upon him.” Though he is receiving disciplinary consequences, he will continue to serve as the incoming Principal of Berry Miller Junior High School."
So, he is going to be the new Principal at Berry Miller despite this? And he was placed on administrative leave? Not sure I agree with giving him the principal's position considering the bad judgment the action showed. I wonder what the students think.
spunki73 New Member ~ 1 year, 1 mo ago May 07 2019, 11:55am
@Dorothy : he was appointed to be next year's principal BEFORE this incident. Yes he was put on leave as disciplinary action. Students started and signed a petition to have him reinstated; there was already a petition circulating that was started by adults, but student wanted to have their own voice, since the news and social media were only voicing that family's side (the AP was not allowed to speak). Both petitions stated signers were not agreeing with the action he's being disciplined for, but that one bad decision should not negate years of public service to the students and parents of this district.
MRiley New Member ~ 1 year, 1 mo ago May 07 2019, 12:44pm
I am so relieved that the Assistant Principal is allowed to keep his position and move up to his new position next year!! I don't think coloring on a child's head with a permanent marker is the best decision, but I don't believe it's worth losing your job over either. The real issue is the child was sent to school with a haircut that was against the dress code. At the beginning of every school year the child and parent have to sign a paper stating they have read and understand all of these rules. When you break the rules, you have to be prepared to pay the consequences. In this case, the boy had numerous options to choose from. It sounds to me like his parents were more angry with the consequence their son chose than the fact that they were part of the problem in sending him to school with a haircut that was against the dress code.
lltcat New Member ~ 1 year, 1 mo ago May 07 2019, 6:55pm
I am glad that decision was made. None of us are perfect and he could have left out the third option but as parents and students we should hold ourselves to a higher standard of following the rules if for no other reason than the example it gives our children.
Dang I didn't expect them to still make him principle next year. I would assume that the backlash would cause anyone to rethink him for the position no matter the action. Sure the student was not in dress code and he didn't have to use black marker to "erase" the carving but it seems a little crazy his not getting demoted. If anyone did that at work we would definitely be fired but then again we know our work's dress code.