A video recorded in the spring of 2012 showing a Connecticut principal dragging two kindergartners down a hallway has surfaced, causing some parents and administrators to question why the principal was not fired, NBC New York reports.
The videos, which were made public last week, show Tisdale School principal Carmen Perez Dickson dragging two young students through the hall on different occasions.
The Board of Education reviewed both the videos and voted to suspend Dickson for six months rather than fire her, the news station reports.
“The board did not exactly agree with us, so the action that was taken was not what we recommended,” Sandra Kase, the chief administrative officer for Bridgeport schools, who recommended that the principal be fired, told the news station. “If I saw the same evidence and saw the same video today, we’d support the same recommendation we made at the time,” Kase said.
The mothers of the students involved gave the videos of the children being dragged to the news station.
“Children go to school to learn and to be respected and we are an example. And if we start to bully, then we can’t expect much from these children. They will learn to bully others,” board member Leticia Colon, who also voted that the principal be fired, told the news station.
Dickson’s attorney told the news station that her client’s actions were within Board of Education policy guidelines in using reasonable force.
The news station notes that Dickson will return from her six-month suspension next month, but she will not return as principal at Tisdale School.