What happens when school officials behave badly?

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 First at Five / Wednesday, April 3, 2102

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The discipline process for school officials in Richmond County is too weak. At least that's what PTA President Monique Braswell is saying. She says punishments for school leaders aren't being given out fairly.

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"A lot of people have the misconception that the the board make the decision on how punishment is given out. It doesn't happen that way," said School Board President Venus Cain.

Some don't think recent punishments handed out to administrators have been equal.

"I love Dr. Roberson to death right now. I just don't think he's making the right decision right now," Braswell said.

Braswell is referring to the swift or slow action involving school officials accused of behaving badly. Teacher Francine Wynne is accused of child abuse and Assistant Principal William Henry was recently charged with a DUI.

"If someone get caught doing something illegal, the same punishment should be given out. It shouldn't be about who we like and the color of their skin," Braswell said.

The school system says that's not the case. The school superintendent and key administrators review each case and look at how they have dealt with similar situations in the past. They also consider the teacher's record before handing down a punishment.

"They have the right to come before me. I don't want to know a whole lot about the case because I want to give that employee a chance to plead their case," Cain said.

"The treatment and the practices should be fair all the way around the board. It's not happening here," Braswell said.

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