Parents Question Example Set by Arrested School Administrators

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Little Rock parents are reacting after learning two high school administrators are in trouble with the law. 

McClellan High School in southwest Little Rock was just upgraded this year out of academic distress. 

But now the "distress" is with its leadership, and parents are concerned. 

"I think it's absolute nonsense," parent, Ramona Robinson said. 

Robinson lives nearby and her daughter goes to the school. 

"I'm trying to transfer her districts at this point because I don't see a point in my daughter going there if they're going to ignore what just happened," she said. 

Little Rock School District tells us they cannot discuss personnel matters. 

But according to police records, assistant principal Keith Hearnsberger is accused of hitting an LRPD officer and driving away. 

Principal Patricia Ellis-Brunston pleaded not guilty to domestic battery last month.

She's accused of whipping two boys, ages five and eight, for bad behavior. 

"As an educator you are held to a high standard," Arkansas State Teachers Association Executive Director Michele Linch said. 

While parents question leadership at the school... 

"Who's teaching them, who's supposed to be teaching them, and who's supposed to be actually protecting them when they're in school?" James Gadlin, a parent who lives nearby the school said. 

"I can't see the example they're setting for my child," Robinson said. 

Michele Linch with the ASTA says there is a code of ethics each school and district must follow. 

"When something happens, there's a process in place and we have to, in a sense, trust that process," Linch said. 

A trust, some parents feel is broken. 

"I'm my child's example, they're my child's example, because they're in my child's life!" Robinson said. 

Principal Ellis-Brunston is due back in court later this month. 

An interim principal has been in place since October. 

The next court appearance for assistant principal Hearnsberger is scheduled for January.


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