[UPDATE] West Gadsden High School Principal Suspended

By: Amy Long, Jerry Askin Email
By: Amy Long, Jerry Askin Email

[UPDATE] 4-29 Noon -

The Gadsden County School Board is still deciding the future of West Gadsden High School Principal Juliette Jackson.

The school district suspended Jackson with pay last on April 19th. The suspension came after a parent said, the principal got into an argument with her child and made him walk home. Since then, more parents have come forward with complaints.

At a Gadsden County School Board meeting Tuesday night 04-26, the board voted unanimously to suspend Jackson indefinitely.

Stay tuned to WCTV for the latest on the investigation.


(UPDATE) 04-26-2011 at 10:30pm by Danielle Sommerfeld
Gadsden County, FL---

The Gadsden County School Board has decided to suspend West Gadsden Principal Juliette Jackson indefinitely.

The board made a motion at tonight's meeting that passed five to zero.

On April 20Th - Jackson was placed on suspension with pay after a parent said, the principal got into an argument with their child and made him walk home.

Parents say, the suspension is like a paid vacation and they want to see more action.

Curtis Montgomery, a worried parent says,"There's a tendency to circle the wagon when you have a problem. And not really deal with the specific problem. Not deal with the specific issues but just gloss over and try to make excuses."

Reginald James, Gadsden County School Superintendent says,"All our policies require that the person be suspended with pay until the investigation has been completed. At that time I will review the investigation and determine what actions need to be taken."

A decision on Jackson's permanent future with the school district is expected to be announced later this week.
West Gadsden High School Principal Juliette Jackson was suspended after a confrontation with a student. A Gadsden County School Board meeting takes place tonight and WCTV reporter Danielle Sommerfeld will have reaction tonight.


UPDATE 04-21-2011 at 6:30pm by Jerry Askin

Allison Sanchez is one of many West Gadsden High School parents who are grateful that the school's principal Juliette Jackson is suspended.

"She's said the ‘A’ word before. She's said the ‘D’ word before. My son says he'll just be walking in the hall and she'll just be cussing at students," says Sanchez.

Jackson was suspended with pay Tuesday after a parent says the principal got into an argument with her child and made him walk home alone. But Sanchez says this is just one example of Jackson's unprofessional and inappropriate behavior.

Sanchez says just a month ago, she brought her two sons to school an hour late and Jackson wouldn't let them in.

"She refused them to come to school. She says if they were not there by eight, they were not allowed in class," says Sanchez.

School Superintendent Reginald James has this to say about Jackson's future with the school district:

"Principal Jackson was placed on suspension as a result of questionable judgment displayed in the handling of a student incident. Pending the results of the investigation, her future in the Gadsden County School District will be determined by the superintendent."

"As far as a principal, I just don't think she deserves a principal position anywhere," says Sanchez.

This isn't Jackson's first bout of bad publicity. She was principal at Jefferson Middle-High School in 2008 when state education officials investigated that school over allegations of cheating on the FCAT.

We contacted Jefferson County School Superintendent Bill Brumfield, who wouldn't say whether Jackson was terminated from that school - just that she left there two years ago.

We haven't had any luck tracking down Jackson for a comment. We'll keep you posted on this latest investigation.

It started off as an ordinary principal/parent conversation, but quickly turned.

"She made a statement that she wanted to call him to go kill my son."
Craig Bates says West Gadsden Principal Juliette Jackson called their house after sending their son home from school at 11 in the morning Monday 4/18.

Join WCTV Reporter Jerry Askin this evening on Eyewitness News as we learn more about West Gadsden High School Principal Juliet Jackson’s suspension pending an investigation into questionable behavior.


18-year-old Daemon Bates, a senior at West Gadsden, got into an argument with the principal, Bates says Jackson told him to sign out and go home.

"She called me and I told her I was on the way. And when I was driving I spotted somebody coming from out the woods. For her to send him home like that, I feel like she truly endangered his life." says Bates.

Daemon's parents say they got in an argument on the phone with Jackson and when Jackson thought she hung up Bates says Jackson threw out some choice words. "She forgot to click the phone over, we sat there and we heard her say, 'Daemon is walking home, I wish I could call that BEEP Trigger he can kill him out there." says Bates.

The Gadsden County superintendent is neither confirming nor denying any of the details at this time.

Superintendent Reginald James says, "As a result of questionable behavior that was exhibited Monday in the handling of a student incident, the principal has been suspended until a full investigation can be completed."

The Bates' say they are very pleased with the way superintendent Reginald James has handled the situation.

The Gadsden County Sheriff's Office is investigating ... We will update you are more details come out.

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