The principal at a prestigious Maryland school has been temporarily removed from his job after several parents claimed a teacher was spanking students.
The principal at Dora Kennedy French Immersion School in Greenbelt is accused of not taking action after he learned of the allegations.
Xander Faber said his daughter told him his son was spanked in front of their kindergarten class.
“He was struck by his teacher until he cried,” Faber said.
He said his daughter told him the teacher hit another boy even harder. The Fabers immediately filed a written report with the principal, Nassir Abi.
“There were kids who knew who the hitting teacher was in school,” Faber said. “Why is that even a thing?”
As the teacher continued teaching at the school, the Fabers questioned whether an investigation was conducted and asked for a copy of the written report. He said he was told he wasn’t entitled to it.
Faber told his story to the Prince George’s County School Board.
School officials initially said no wrongdoing was found, but now the principal has been temporarily removed while the allegations are further investigated — a year after they were first reported.
The accused teacher has moved to another district.
“We actually moved our children out of that school because we could not feel safe sending them there,” Faber said. “We felt betrayed by this, and you don’t give your children to people you don’t trust.”
Prince George’s County school officials said the removal of the principal does not mean he did anything wrong.
Abi could not be reached for comment Wednesday. via NBC 4
In the meantime, Clara Yancey has been named New Acting Principal at Dora Kennedy French Immersion. PGCPS continues to have major problems within the school system as a result of non transparent recruitment of current CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell involved in cover up of various serious violations of law.
October 27, 2015
Dear Members of the Dora Kennedy Community:
In recent days, some of you may have participated in discussions or viewed media reports surrounding allegations of student abuse at Dora Kennedy French Immersion. I’m writing to you today to share the steps we are taking to address this situation.
First, please know that PGCPS continues its full investigation into the alleged incidents. While I would like to provide you with the details of the exact steps we have taken, I am bound by the district’s confidentiality measures that are designed to protect both the families and the employees involved. If information becomes available that we can share, you have my committment that I will do so in a quick and transparent manner.
Second, effective immediately, Mrs. Clara Yancey will serve as acting principal of Dora Kennedy French Immersion. We feel it was best to make this change, so that we can be assured we are moving forward on a path that is guided by fairness, integrity, and transparency for everyone. Mrs. Clara Yancey is a retired principal from Prince George’s County Public Schools with a distinguished and proven record as an effective instructional leader. She is a seasoned administrator with decades of professional experience and extensive expertise across a full suite of academic disciplines. Please be assured that the academic environment will continue to thrive Mrs. Yancey’s leadership.
Dora Kennedy French Immersion school community is strong and impactful because of parents and guardians just like you. In the coming days, there may be some tough conversations and the potential for unwanted attention on our school. Like always, I know that we will forge ahead in a supportive and compassionate way that keeps student success at the center of our thinking.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at 301-669-6060.
Helen Coley, Ed.D
Area 2 Associate Superintendent
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The selection of CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell in a non transparent manner in what appears to be an effort to cover up wrong doing among the senior PGCPS staff, was not good for democracy and accountability initiatives in Prince George’s County. Instead of disciplining the staff involved in retaliation and discrimination, he has retained many and promoted some to the dismay of many pgcps staff and parents. Read more
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