Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A popular Augusta principal is at the center of two lawsuits against the Richmond County Board of Education.
Dr. Wayne Frazier moved from Glenn Hill High School to the alternative school last year, but now, two teachers are seeking damages for his alleged behavior back in 2011 and 2012. Click here to read the first lawsuit (PDF). Click here to read the second lawsuit (PDF).
Pastor Helen Turner is having a hard time understanding these allegations, saying, "I been knowing Dr. Frazier over 20 years, a nice man, love children."
But at least two teachers who worked for him at Glenn Hills High School don't agree. The lawsuits state that Dr. Frazier would regularly interrupt classes and embarrass teachers, persecute members of the Christian faith, make racist remarks to white staff and even make sexually explicit comments in front of students.
Both teachers give an example of Dr. Frazier telling a student, "You know what they are going to do to you when you go to prison, they are going to bend you over and f*** you in the a**."
Pastor Turner's nephew went to the school, and she witnessed his style of leadership.
"He would talk to them like children need to be talked to these days. What you want to do boy? You want to be out on the street being a bum? You want to wear your pants pulled down like this boy?" she said.
But the teachers say it went way beyond that, saying one time, he slammed a door so hard, it caused ceiling tiles to fall and a light fixture to dangle.
"All of us make mistakes, and all of us want to be forgiven," Turner said.
But, the statistics seem to support the teacher's claims. Frazier received a 71 percent disapproval rating in a survey of his operation and management of the school, but others say it's just tough love.
"All he's doing is telling them what's going to happen in life -- this is not a fairy tale. The man is real, the man's coming from his heart," she said.
The school system declined to make a comment since the lawsuit is pending, but they did say they have not decided whether or not Frazier will be placed on suspension while the investigation continues. As for now, they say school will continue at Tubman Education Center as normal for both him and his students.