HISD teachers accuse elementary school principal of bullying

The children at HISD's Mading Elementary School have been without a principal for three weeks because theirs is under investigation
April 24, 2014 8:25:34 PM PDT
Accusations of bullying are flying around at one elementary school. However, the claims aren't aimed a child, but at the principal.

The children at HISD's Mading Elementary School have been without a principal for three weeks because theirs is under investigation.

Lawrence Williams is a new principal. His picture from HISD's website indicates he's been at Mading Elementary just one year. He has a small fan base.

"He's the best thing that happened to us," parent Stephanie Jack said.

"Mr. Williams is a good principal. These kids are happy to come to school everyday," parent Latonia Green said.

Williams is temporarily reassigned to off-campus, non-classroom duties due to an investigation into a personnel issue.

"The principal here is disrespectful," said Joanna Pasternak with the Houston Federation of Teachers.

Pasternak showed us dozens of overwhelmingly negative surveys and complaints accusing Williams of abuse.

"Verbal abuse, intimidation, interfering with the nurse's duties with sick children; interfering with parents taking care of their children; calling the police on parents if they don't want to leave the school, they want have lunch with their children; ignoring parents' requests for meetings; walking away from people when they talk to him," Pasternak said.

Twenty of 35 staff members have left. Six veteran faculty members met anonymously with us Thursday night, and they say the turnover is because of Williams' intimidation tactics and bullying.

"By far he was the worst principal that I have ever worked for," one teacher said.

"It's just a hostile environment," another teacher said.

"It was his way or the highway. I've never seen anything like it in my life," a third said.

In addition, one teacher alleges there are $12,000 missing from the school. Now they're all complaining to the school board.


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