Principal Takes 8-Year Old To Every Class Announcing She Is A Thief And A Liar

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    What in the world goes through some people's heads when they think this is a good thing to do?

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    Some parents in a local school district say the principal was out of line for taking by the hand an 8-year-old accused of stealing into every classroom in the school and telling kids she is a thief and a liar.

    Some want more than an apology -- they want the principal fired.

    Marlene Whitby is the principal of William Penn Elementary School.

    The parents of the little girl she humiliated say she scarred their child for life.

    The girl's father told Channel 4 Action News, "What good can you get out of that -- abusing a child? What good can you get out of that."

    Another student accused his 8-year-old daughter of stealing $5.

    That's when her family says Whitby walked the girl into each and every classroom at William Penn, telling all of the students she was a thief and a liar.

    Later, the girl's accuser recanted her story.

    But many say the damage had already been done.

    "She ought to make an apology -- take that kid around like she did when she thought she was guilty, and apologize in front of all the people," said Forward Township resident Terry Cohut.

    The girl's family says the principal did apologize -- but not in public, the way they'd hoped.

    Outside the polls on election day in Forward Township on Tuesday, the buzz had nothing to do with Election Day and everything to do with Whitby.

    Many people are making plans to attend Wednesday's school board meeting at Elizabeth Forward's middle school.

    "If you have a question, go fill out a card. It's open to everybody," said school board candidate Clare Guffey.

    The school says they cannot comment on disciplinary or personnel matters about students or staff.

    One of the saddest parts of the story is that the girl's father says the little girl's sister kicked her out of their room because the principal said she was a bad person.

    Wednesday's school board meeting is just a work session. But some residents say that won't stop many from speaking out against what happened.

    http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/news/5281034/detail.html
     
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    They should have just taken off her thumbs...
     
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    If she actually had stolen the $5 I wouldn't have a problem.

    The principal should gather the school in the auditorium, set the record straight (say who the real liar was), apologize to the whole school for jumping to conclusions, and then personally apologize to the student in front of everyone. The principal should then be disciplined in a manner which they will not soon forget.
     
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    I think what would be great is if the girl took the principal by hand from classroom to classroom and punished her the same way she was punished.
     
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    I agree. At the same time make it a Civics lesson... Teach them what presumed innocence really is all about...
     
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    Agreed! I'm all for public apologies for something that you did wrong. But that's just taking it too far.
     
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    If I were her father and the principal didn't offer to personally take her in front of every single class that the announcement was made in and personally apologize I would take her around personally to every single classroom and inform them of the incorrect and hurtful assumptions that have been made.
     
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    I smell a lawsuit for slander and emotional distress.
     
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    As a parent it wouldn't matter at all if my 7 yr old stole the money or not. What that principal did was WRONG :spank3: and at the very least should make a public appology in front of the entire school. That is if I was unsuccessful at getting his butt fired for it.

    THis should have been handled in private, we're talking about a 2nd grader after all.
     
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    If the kid had actually taken the money, a heaping helping of public humiliation would have been appropriate. It's no different than making a shop-lifter stand outside the store they ripped off with a sandwich board. The principal screwed up by not making sure of guilt first.
     

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