According to the News Tribune in Tacoma, their district has withdrawn its offer of employment to Greg King, currently principal at Lowell.
I don't know what that means to Lowell. Will he stay? Still leave? It seems he submitted his resignation.
Unfortunately, this is a messy situation.
There was an original allegation that was brought to Principal King's attention about a staff member (not a teacher). The other principal, Rina Geoghangan, also knew of this allegation. As well, the Executive Director was brought into the loop.
So there are two issues that will eventually come out.
One is the allegation of concern over the behavior of a staff member towards students. It was reported to multiple leaders. What was the outcome of that investigation?
Two, is the handling of the reports of concern brought by at least two staff members (and possibly a third person) to building leadership. It appears that instead of following protocol about investigating any type of allegation about a member of staff and students, some of those in leadership may have decided to chart their own course. In doing so, they affected many lives.
It is baffling. I know that there is a protocol for leadership to follow whenever there are reports of concern over behavior of any staff member towards students. This is in place to protect the accused, the students and the person bringing the allegation. No principal should go off-script. This is NOT the time for principals to use their judgment; you follow protocol for legal reasons that protect all involved (including the district).
This calls to mind the recent case out in California of two teachers at an elementary school who were arrested on child molestation charges. This is a terrible story and again, those in leadership seemed to not be aware in the slightest about these individuals.
But what did the district there do? They got rid of the entire teaching staff. What a devastating outcome for both students and teachers. Was the district there trying to indict the entire teaching staff? It seems like it. If you were a teacher in that building, you might feel like your world has gone upside down. You've lost your school, your classroom, your children and what have you done? For the children, more confusion. I can't imagine being a child trying to understand why your school is suddenly totally changed.
But that's how serious is the charge of inappropriate behavior between a staff member and a child (or children). That's why leadership follows protocol the minute an incident is brought to their attention.
It protects everyone.