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Joe Griffin Updates Story on Douglas Principal Resignation
Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Karl Springer announced
he has accepted the resignation of the principal of Douglass Mid-High
School. The resignation comes after an
extensive investigation into allegations of misconduct at the school.
Former employees at Douglass say Dr. Brian Staples would
change student grades and change enrollment status of students in order to make
the school look better. Earlier this
month former assistant principal Marcia Muhammad told Fox 25, “The children are
graduating and they can't read.”
“Our independent investigation is complete. Today, we are
sending the outcome of the investigation and corresponding documents to the US
Department of Education, OK State Department of Education and the Oklahoma
County District Attorney. As always we will cooperate fully with these
authorities,” said Karl Springer, OKCPS Superintendent.
Springer announced three new hires for Douglass, positions he
says will “protect the integrity of the Douglass students, staff and community.” He went on to add, “We recognize that this
situation has been extremely difficult for the students, staff and Douglass
community; it has been difficult for us as well.”
“They've told us what we need for the last three decades and
our children are graduating and going straight to prison or to the unemployment
line,” Muhammad said after learning of Dr. Staples’ resignation, “This is their
time to listen to what we believe is best for Frederick A. Douglass High
Muhammad says she and other voiced concerns to the district
two years ago. She says she was fired
for speaking out.
Other retired Oklahoma City teachers say the district and
Dr. Staples retaliated against any teacher who complained about the activities
at Douglass. “If you didn't bow down to the group and become part of the clique
they didn't want you,” said Willie Reid, a retired social-sciences teacher. “I might be retired, but I’m still for the
“I would like to see those that knew, the documentation that shows
they knew, they should not be allowed to work in our district,” Muhammad told
Fox 25. She says other administrators
went along with Dr. Staples.
Muhammad is hopeful a federal
investigation will reveal everyone who took part and make sure they don’t work
in the district again. “One person
coming out that has done our students wrong; it's more people involved.”
Springer refused to take reporter questions about how long
the district was aware of allegations concerning Dr. Staples or the details of
the findings. A district spokesperson also
said questions about how much the outside investigation cost could only be
answered by filing a formal open records request.
Posted: Thursday, October 25 2012, 08:19 AM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. grand jury returns new charges on ex-judge
May 23, 2013 23:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury has returned new indictments against a former Lincoln County judge who already faces embezzlement and cattle theft charges.
The grand jury handed up the indictments Thursday against 47-year-old Craig S. Key of Chandler.
Key turned himself in last month to Lincoln County authorities who set bond at $10,000.
One indictment accuses Key of harboring a fugitive by allegedly encouraging a client facing criminal charges in Lincoln and Jefferson counties to flee the state to avoid prosecution.
Another charges Key with five counts of delivery of a forged note and accuses him of forging the name of a woman whose signature was required on escrow account checks that Key was also required to sign.
Key's attorney, Cheryl Ramsey of Stillwater, says the additional indictments are no surprise.
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