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Pender Co. parents want answers regarding principal's suspension


BURGAW, NC (WWAY) - The Pender County School Board heard from frustrated parents Monday night regarding the suspension of Burgaw Middle School Principal M.D. Coleman.

Parents and students, many wearing red to show solidarity, told the board how upset they were about his suspension, just one week before end of grade exams. The board went into closed session at the end of its regular meeting. After adjourning, Board Chair Tom Roper said he would not comment on any issue or questions about Coleman.

Many parents are frustrated and want answers. They also say Coleman's contract expires this year and he'd be up for possible renewal, furthering the question as to why the board didn't let him finish out the school year with just weeks left.

Roper would not comment on that either.

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A follow up

According to another media source, the suspension was lifted and it was anticipated he would be reinstated as Principal.

He made a decision. Once his record was cleared, he resigned to move on with his life.

And how did this travesty begin you ask?

Could it be that the President of the Pender County chapter of the NAACP came forth with unsubstantiated reports about him? And after all the investigation and review, no charges were substantiated and his suspension was lifted.

When will the County have enough of this little pit bull who always wants to put a dog in the fight when she or the NAACP can not get their way?

How many other qualified educators will finally have had enough and depart for more intelligent pastures where they are allowed to do their jobs and educate?

Is Ms. Shepard still on the County payroll?

In a tight fiscal environment, resources need to be focused on education and not responding to little heel nippers who may not have had a rabise shot. She continues to come forward with unsubstantiated "reports" that can not pass the smell test when it's time to put some proof on the table.

What about it County, can you bill the Pender chapter of the NAACP for all the time spent responding to their unsubstantiated charges?