Principal jokes about calling police on black special needs student

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
Not cool..

An elementary school principal is being criticized after she reportedly joked about telling police that a black special-needs student brought a gun to the school.

On April 17, Shanna Swearingen, the principal at Ponderosa Elementary School, made the joke to three staff members. The boy has had behavioral problems and has been known to run from class. Swearingen reportedly told the staff members that the next time that happened, “We won’t chase him. We will call the police and tell them he has a gun so they can come faster.”

Swearingen has not made herself available to media, but she sent a letter to school parents on Tuesday apologizing for “an insensitive comment that was not reflective of who I am nor how much I care about every student who attends this school.”

It is unknown whether Swearingen was disciplined over the matter.

Ian Jeffrey

Council Hall
Mar 2013
Vulcan, down the street from Darth Vader
People with a bad sense of humor - who are many - should not try saying funny things.
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