[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.

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(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.
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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.

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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.
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GADSDEN COUNTY, FL-

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.
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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.

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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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  • by James on May 26, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    I personally feel that Quincy is still a relatively good town, however the school system could stand revamping. Your answers does not lie outside of the district, but right in front of you. Get Rosalyn Smith on the School, City, and County board and watch how the changes develop. (CHANGE)
  • by For Educators on May 12, 2011 at 04:56 PM
    If they fire you, run for office. I will vote for you. You are brilliant. We need more like you.
  • by Jack Location: Monticello on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:24 AM
    Bravo, to Mr. James and the school Board.They have acted responsibly.They have suspended juliette Jackson indefinitely.The system will be better off without her.Once the investigation is over, she should be dismissed permanently. Yes, she is innocent until proven guilty but after years of verbally abusive behavior toward students, staff and parents and anyone else in her path, the behavior can no longer be tolerated. This has to be the last straw. If Jackson is put back in the system,the " black eye" that the system has, that so many people talks about will get worse.Friendship, kindship,or worship should not be a factor here, or can it, or will it?--naw, no way.It should be over!
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      by My2Cents on Apr 29, 2011 at 11:24 AM in reply to Jack
      Oh Jack, let's not forget to include relationship right along with "Friendship, kindship, or worship" ....
  • by Brenda Location: Midway, Fl on Apr 28, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    This situation could have been handled differently, Life is too short to spend time on foolish,personal feelings. Who is the victim here ? Who will lose the most the wayward student or the dirty mouth principal?
  • by student Location: sawdust on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:23 AM
    Majority of the people that on these comment say bad thing about Mrs Jackson but as the school grade went up they was so excited about how she made a turn around in the school system which we need more principal like to progress these other scholl in gadsden county. But when one grow student probably drunk and high got into with the principal yall decide that she the bad guy people do better on this comment.I dont think she made him leave he probably left on his own,back in the days if you were 18 or older you are grow and can sign yourself out of school i think if u punish her you are to punish him two.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Apr 28, 2011 at 09:25 AM
    and he ain't crazy about pretty neither!
  • by Felix Location: Tallahassee on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    Why would anyone want their "children" to show respect for those in positions of authority or their elders? Why would a student be prohibited from walking through the halls while classes are in session? An 18 year old "child" should have learned some manners by now.
  • by Laughing all the way!! on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:48 PM
    It seems to me that this Superintendent has a big set!! Mess up? Move out! Hehehehe we need a few more of this guy! I wonder if he can suspend Rick Scott for being stupid too.
  • by FRANKLY on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:45 PM
    Can we just give a quick IQ test and maybe a Grammar tutorial before people post? This is crazy!!! There is hardly a correct and complete sentence to be found. So it's hard for me (SURPRISE:a Gadsden County native and graduate of Gadsden County schools) to comprehend the sheer ignorance, both intellectually and socially, of these posts as a response to a very ridiculous situation! Fire the lady and move on!
  • by Mad Mama on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:34 PM
    It's disheartening to know that the actions of a few can undo the hard work of so many. The school district has been turning around but a few bad apples are spoiling the labor of a bunch. IF YOU WANT TO HELP STOP CRITICIZING, ROLL YOUR SLEEVES UP AND HELP!!! Hats off to those who care enough to know that this principal is not a reflection of the intelligence, professionalism or character of the majority in Gadsden County!!
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