Town Split on Principal's Suspension

By: Derek Shore Email
By: Derek Shore Email

The small town of Jewett is sleepy town. So when the principal of the local high school was suspended for allegedly roughing up a student, the town took notice. At Hometown Pizza you'll find Daniel Shimek a 2005 graduate of Leon High School. He knows the principal David Jones.

"He was a principal in Junior High," said Shimek.
And he has his opinion.

"No kid should go home with bruises from a teacher," Shimek said. "I mean swats, that's okay, but on the shoulder, on the neck something like that? That's a different story."

But don't let the small town fool you. There is plenty of opinion to go around. Across the street at the food store, citizens were more than willing to give us a piece of their mind when it came to Jones' suspension and possible charges.

"I don't know who started it or what it was over, but personally, you don't grab a kid up and start jerking him around," Roy Johnson, an area resident, said.

Wayna Harris, a concerned parent, said, "Nobody has a right to put hands on children."

But there were plenty of people who know David Jones personally, and think the situation has been blown out of proportion.

Krista Schmidt, an area resident, said, "He has an awesome reputation. He's been an awesome coach and it's just absurd what they're charging him with."

"That man would not hurt a kid for no reason," said Mike Read. "He is there to do his job and he does a fine job."

In a place that still allows swatting in its schools, it is a town split down the road on what should be done about a long time and revered principal and coach.

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