Haywood High Principal & Assistant Principal Suspended Amid Investigation Into Social Media Threats

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) - The principal and assistant principal at Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tennessee, have been suspended without pay as the school district looks into threats made by some students on social media. Protests over the posts continued Tuesday.

This comes after more than 200 students protested Monday outside the school. Screen shots of racial threats posted to social media started circling Sunday. In the posts, the "N word" was used and comments were made about hanging black people and white girls who date black guys.

Monday, Art Garrett, the Associate Superintendent for Haywood County Schools, told Local 24 the district found out about the posts late Sunday morning, even though the posts were made nearly two weeks ago. Tuesday, Superintendent Joey Hassell told Local 24 principal Dr. Jerry Pyron and assistant principal Tim Seymour are suspended without pay pending the outcome of an investigation.

The District attorney's office says it will not file criminal charges against the boys who made the comments. They could face punishment at school. Garrett said the district is reviewing all the findings to determine what actions will be taken.

Students say they'll protest until the boys who posted the comments are punished.

Superintendent Hassell says he plans to meet with parents and students at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. He says that meeting will include the NAACP.

Latest statement from Haywood County Schools:

Haywood County Schools district leadership will meet with the Haywood County NAACP and parent representatives this afternoon.  Once the meeting is complete, Information will be shared. 

As previously stated, Haywood County Schools is in the process of completing an in-depth investigation around who made the posts and those who were aware of the posts and failed to report pursuant to the Haywood County Board of Education policies. 

The HHS principal and assistant principal have been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

As a reminder, the Board of Education cannot legally comment on any investigation concerning its students; however, hatred, racism, and bigotry have no place in our school district. 

 


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