I have received many messages today about the article below, asking why this teacher was placed on leave while certain administrators in the district were never reprimanded for doing similar or worse things in the past. I have also been asked why this teacher made the news but the other individuals did not. Some of you have asked why this teacher hasn’t been terminated. Well……this is all I am going to say.
I have no good or reasonable answers for you in regards to the first two questions. Those situations occurred in the past and under the administration of our former superintendent and school board. Some things may never be resolved in a way that we would like. All I know is that I can’t keep beating those issues in the ground. As for this teacher being terminated or put on leave, I am guessing that the district has to wait until this has gone to court for any final or permanent decisions to be made. This individual has not been convicted of anything yet. There are district policies in place, as well as state policies, laws and ethics codes, that address situations like this one. If you would like to review those policies or laws, here are some links for you.
DeSoto County Schools Employee Handbook and Policies:
State Educator Code of Ethics:
State Board of Education Policy Manual:
Mississippi State Laws:
If you are a teacher, parent or citizen that has concerns about this issue or any other issue in the district, there are things that you can do.
1. Contact the school’s principal.
2. Contact your school board member.
3. Reach out to the central office.
4. Fill out the whistleblower’s form on the district website and send it in.
5. Send an email to the superintendent.
6. Go before the school board.
7. For certain matters, there are forms for complaints on the Mississippi Department of Education’s website.
There are many things that can be done when you have concerns. If you do not feel that your concerns are being addressed, work your way up the ladder. The one certain thing is that nothing ever changes if you do or say nothing. As for this teacher, she is innocent until proven guilty.
News report from today: