Sunday, December 24, 2006

Eastern principal fired

Easter High School principal has been fired after a DCPS investigation into his conduct, including four separate clashes with students and parents, one that ended in his arrest.
In a statement released by his office, D.C. Superintendent Clifford B. Janey said the firing was "the right decision to make based on the findings of an investigation." School officials, however, would not elaborate on the incidents, citing the confidentiality of personnel matters.

Janey hired Hearn in August to help transform the high school from a low-performing institution into a Latin academy for high performers. The probe, during which school officials interviewed parents, students and teachers, revealed two incidents that had not been publicly reported.

The incident that led to the investigation of Hearn occurred Oct. 25, when he and a student were arrested after a fight in a hallway of the school, in Northeast Washington. Hearn and the student, Kenneth Holsey, 18, were charged with misdemeanor simple assault.

Last month, prosecutors dismissed charges against Hearn and Holsey but said they needed more time to investigate. Witnesses have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury.
Superintendent Janey says that his plans to overhaul Eastern and turn it into a Latin academe will not be halted by the loss of Hearn.

Update: Hearn will not be charged.

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