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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A high school band director is playing a sad song. Chance Bryant was fired Friday from his job at Whiteville High School.

Administrators will not say why Bryant was let go, but Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Tom Hager said rumors around town about the dismissal are false.

“You ask whether or not it involves inappropriate behavior with a student? It does not,” Hager said. “There is a process that is in place right now. It has not been completed, and until it’s totally completed, there’s not a lot that can be said about it.”

Hager said he believes the high school administration took the right action to keep the students safe. They hope to have the situation cleared up soon.

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Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

I believe that the problem was not just Mr. Bryant. The kids the past several years have been very difficult to deal with and I believe he handled them to the best of his ability. The band marched pretty darn good the past years I have been in it and they still do. These kids are not professional but they still do a great job. The show was terrific and I think the best we have done the past years I have been in the band. In my opinion not all of this is Mr. Bryant’s fault. Half of it was the incompetent students who act like immature brats and refuse to listen to athority. So pretty much Mr. Bryant had to be a teacher, role modle, and parent for the kids. Just remember it takes alot to deal with 125 kid at once and im pretty sure you could have not done any better..

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

For the two that commented on my post above. I am not a high school student. I am an adult and parent to a couple of past band students and I stand by what I posted. Suck it up. If you are good in band and love it then don’t let anything get in your way. One day when you all grow up and have children in school you will look at things totally different. This behavior has been going on for a number of years now. Not all of the students are aware of the goings on.

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

I will agree that WHS is not nearly the school it once was. Back when I graduated many years ago we were proud to have graduated from there. The band is one of the last things we can be proud of at WHS and now a teacher has ruined it. As far as the songs our band has played they have been GREAT!! We have a good band, but I have seen the band when instead of being good they were GREAT. Maybe we will finally get that. Out with the old and in with the new. The really good students that want the band will stick with it. The quitters will quit. Just because this has happened doesn’t mean we can’t have a great band. There are alot of band members that need to quit. Only time will tell.

Flocka
2015 years 8 months ago

That is the dumbest thing i have ever heard WHS is a lot more than the band

Guest
2015 years 8 months ago

I agree with the above parent that the band is not what it once was. I remember when the band had 181 members and they were awesome. Much better than recent years. This was when Butler was director. Bryant has been unable to control the slackers in the band and it has caused the band to suffer. Hopefully we will get a new director that will be able to straighten things out. For the kids that can’t follow the rules then get them out of band. As for the music the band has played that is the one thing that has been great.

 

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