Parents of students at a Bridgeport, Conn. school are upset that a principal wasn’t fired after cameras caught her on camera dragging a 5-year-old down the hallway. Carmen Perez-Dickson, the principal at Tisdale Elementary School, was captured on surveillance video dragging two kindergartners on separate occasions along a school hallway floor in the spring of 2012. Perez-Dickson was put on a six month suspension, but parents want her fired instead.
According to an ABC News, Nakeya Hargrove wasn’t notified about the incident until months after it happened.
“After seeing the videos, she dragged my daughter like she was some kind of animal,” said Hargrove. “Who in their right mind let a principal go back to any school in Bridgeport and be a principal again?” she said.
School board members are still torn on what the outcome should have been.
Chief Administrative Officer Sandra Kase says the principal should have been fired regardless of her more than 30 years with the district. Instead the principal received a 6 month unpaid suspension, and then return to work in an administrative job.
“Principals are supposed to be protectors of children, they’re not supposed to hurt children,” Kase said.
Kase says it is only acceptable to restrain a child if the student is a danger to themselves or others. Kase also said that it would be up to the superintendent if Perez-Dickson could return to another school in the district as principal.