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The celebration begins at noon July 1 with a tour of the Twin County Hall of Fame Museum, an honor to our principal, Mrs. S.A. Gilliam, inducted in 2009. A hospitality and business meeting will follow at the Comfort Inn in Rocky Mount. (Read more)
TARBORO — There will be some new faces in some new places when students return to class this fall.
While the search for a new superintendent continues, others within the Edgecombe County Public School system will be playing musical chairs. (Read more @ The Daily Southerner)
Note: I find the change at South Edgecombe to be quite interesting. I have heard several folks talk about the dealings they had with the head principal. I have had some dealings with him and aware of some others whom have had some dealings with him as well.
Someone approached me on Monday morning to tell me that the assistant principal at South Edgecombe had been moved to West Edgecombe because it was said that he and the head principal didn’t work well together.
Someone also told me that the Edgecombe County Public Private Elementary School G.W. Carver was going to get another assistant principal which now they will have a principal and 2 assistants because of the population of the school. Interesting.
It is a damn shame all of the mess that goes on at South Edgecombe and G. W. Carver but not limited to and this is all of the changes that I have heard about.
I also heard that Tommy Tolson will be the new baseball coach at SouthWest Edgecombe High School and that many do not welcome that move.
May 23, 2010
Request for resignation William Ellis Principal G.W. Carver Elementary School
I am requesting that William Ellis Principal G.W. Carver Elementary School Pinetops NC to resign his post at the end of the 2009 – 2010 School Year.
I am requesting that he resign for the following reasons but not limited to. I am working with some parents on several different issues that are ongoing and have not been satisfactory as of yet.
Issue 1: A kindergarten student has been denied receiving basic education since the beginning of the 2009 School Year.
The parents were actively engaged in the child’s education and requested help for their child who needed some special services but did not get a response from the system until one day from being 90 days. Ellis seems to think that it was okay because the school supposedly met the timeline which is 90 days.
No it is not okay. It is not okay because black children are used in almost every statistic for showing that black children are behind academically. It is not okay because it seems as if the teacher that this kindergartener started out the school year with was not concerned about this child receiving special services. It seems as if this teacher had written this child off.
An incident happened in this teacher’s room in February where the kindergartener ate another child’s vomit and this teacher nor Ellis informed the parents. But on top of the vomit a chemical was put on the vomit before the child had eaten it. The parents requested a meeting and Ellis has refused to meet with the parents. So this is evidence that he is not concerned about this child and we are concerned that he is not concerned about other children as well who have been single out like this kindergartener.
The child was taken to the doctor the following week after the parents found out about it. The interim Superintendent requested the parents to take the child to see a doctor again but this is nearly 2 months after the incident happened. The teacher nor Ellis has shown any concern.
It appears that Ellis was willing to move the child to another school before moving the child to another classroom because the parents felt the only alternative was to move the child from the school since it appeared that the teacher and Ellis did not care. I told the parents that was not the right thing to do because the parents would have been responsible for taking the child to and from the new school.
Outcome: The child was moved to another classroom in March and the child is doing well. The new teacher seems to be working diligently with the child. The child seems to be happy now and not as if he is in bondage. In which in a sense it appears he was trapped in an environment that was hindering him from receiving a basic education. But the sad part is when the child was removed from the previous classroom, the school year was almost over. The time that this child has lost can not be made up in such a short period of time. Ellis has not responded to the request from the parents in regards to the vomit incident be it a meeting and/or responding to the questions that was submitted to him. It appears he is protecting previous teacher and himself.
The school did not follow policy and procedures. Parents were and still has not been notified by the teacher in the classroom where the vomit and chemicals were eaten.
Issue 2: In March some 5th grade girls life were in danger involving some 5th grade boys chasing them with a knife and contact was made with the knife.
Although it was atleast 4 girls involved, I am speaking to 2 girls that were involved. One of the girls is my great niece and the other is a cousin.
An incident happened on the school’s playground at the end of the school day. The boys were chasing the girls with a knife and my niece’s pants were cut and my cousin received a nick on her hand as she tried to keep the boy from poking her with the knife. A staff member was able to intervene and he did not allow the boys to get on the school bus.
The girl’s parents were not contacted about this serious incident. My niece’s mother found out after she received a call from someone at the Boys and Girls Club at another school where she had gone after the school day. She went out to the school the next day and she was told by Ellis that he was going to get the police involved.
My cousin found out about the incident a couple of days later via a text message when someone asked her about her daughter. She then asked her daughter about it and her daughter told her that the assistant principal Florence Wilkins was suppose to handle it. The parent went to the school and Wilkins disrespected her and said she knew why she was there because she was not notified and that she had had a hectic day. After walking out of her office the parent told Ellis what she said and Ellis said he was not going to be behind the 8 ball that he was not going to be responsible for what his assistant had said. Wrong answer sir you are responsible for your staff and students as long as they are on your campus.
The parents ended up going to Tarboro to the magistrate office to take out a warrant however to find out that they had to go back to Pinetops to meet with the Pinetops Police Department so they could file a juvenile petition. Well Ellis should have filed the petition per the handbook because the police should have been notified because a weapon was used and the girls were threatened.
Outcome: The school did not follow policy and procedures because they never contacted these 2 parents that are still engaged in this process and it is believed that the system has not talked to the other girl’s parents whom were involved. The police was never contacted and if it was not for my niece and cousin parents, there would not have been a juvenile petition filed.
Ellis also had the audacity to speak to the local Daily Southerner newspaper and made some comments that were half truth. He made it appear that it was only 1 parent who had approached him when it was 2. The parents did a rebuttal to the article and it was never printed in the paper. This is because the paper supports certain principals and educators and not making sure the truth is made known.
Opinion: This school is out of control. Anytime the staff will purchase tee shirts talking about my principal got my back is just down right disgusting. This is discrimination in my opinion because it sends a message that the staff can do things and Ellis has their back. This is true in the case with the vomit incident where the teachers in that classroom have been protected and the assistant principal in the knife incident because Ellis has not reprimanded either for their actions.
This is only 2 issues that I am working on however I have received calls and/or spoke with some folks about some others. Many parents feel intimidated and that they have no confidence in Ellis.
It appears that Ellis is not concerned about these 2 issues but has put the focus on me since I have been involved at the parents’ request. But I guess he has a right to be because he knows that I am no dummy when it comes to dealing with school issues since I am a longtime grassroots effective community advocate especially for the children dating back to 1993.
It is time for Ellis to go because it appears that the staff at G.W. Carver Elementary School is in a comfort zone and that Ellis got their back.
Well who has the children and the parents back? Since Ellis has not followed the proper policies and procedures for running this school then it is time that he resign or be removed.
Curmilus Dancy II
A Grassroots Effective Community Activist
Dancy Communications Network
Signatures of parents who are mentioned above
In response to a comment on the Rocky Mount Telegram addressed to me. See the original post here.
An Eastern Carolina principal received a purple & pink makeover, all for a good cause. Carver Elementary students got a chance to paint Principal William Ellis on Friday to benefit Relay for Life. As part of the Edgecombe County school’s "Quarters for a Cure" campaign, for every $10 collected, students and teachers got the chance to put one brush stroke of paint on the principal. They could choose purple or pink paint. The principal is no stranger to crazy fund raising stunts for the American Cancer Society. In the past he’s climbed on the roof and even taped to a wall. The monies will be totaled May 14th at the annual Relay for Life walk at Tarboro High School’s track field, all to benefit cancer. HEY DANCY, YOU NEED TO HAVE THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATED. where did he get the purple and pink paint? looks like you can try again to get this TOP-NOTCH principal fired. how many times have you tried and failed? you are probably mad because they didn’t use any "BLACK" OR "BROWN" paint. LMAO!!!!!
Although the Relay For Life is a very worthy cause, I have a problem with the school using the same children to make themselves look good but many of the children are not receiving a quality education.
First of all this is a public private school where there is only one black certified teacher in the classroom. There is one black certified special teacher. Why has Ellis not hired any black teachers at this school? Maybe if they join his church they may get hired.
I am very much familiar with what goes on at the school and long Ellis became the principal there. You are damn right some crazy things have gone on and continue to go on at the school.
I am not impressed with none of the crazy mess you mention when the children who are mistreated on a daily basis. Over the years black students are sent to ISS (In School Suspension) while white students time is reduced or they don’t go at all. TOP-NOTCH?
Just today I was told that 11 teachers were allowed to stay home because they didn’t want to work because it was field day. TOP-NOTCH?
A child ate some chemicals that was put on some regurgitation and Ellis never made the parents aware of the incident. He has not had a conversation with the parents about this incident as of today and it happened in February. TOP-NOTCH?
A male student along with 3 other male students had a knife and threatened some little girls and Ellis didn’t contact the girl’s parents. When these parents met with him he acted as if he didn’t give a damn. He lied to them that he was going to handle the situation and he didn’t. The parents had to go to the police station to take the necessary actions that he said he was going to do. TOP-NOTCH?
Some parents told Ellis their child needed speech therapy at the beginning of the 2009 – 2010 school year and he didn’t respond until after the incident in February. The parents took it upon themselves to go to Heritage Hospital and their child began receiving speech therapy. Because these parents had gotten frustrated with Ellis they had mentioned they wanted to move the child out of a teacher’s room or out of the school altogether. He was willing to allow them to move the child out of the school after the February incident that happened in this teacher’s class. Simple solution would have been to move the child out of the teacher’s classroom last year. I told the parents in March they didn’t need to move the child with only a couple of months to go and the child was moved to another classroom and the child is doing great. TOP-NOTCH?
There was a meeting in March with Ellis to talk about issues surrounding the child that was moved to another classroom and Ellis wouldn’t allow the meeting to take place because I was there. The child was moved shortly after we left on this very day. We asked that he reschedule the meeting per Roland Whitted Associate Superintendent who was present for the meeting and Ellis has not given us a time for that meeting as of today. TOP-NOTCH?
You say, “how many times have you tried and failed?” Well our concerns are not dead yet because we are still following the proper chain of command and we will continue until we get some justice.
To allow a child to eat some chemicals that the staff put out and not report it to the school nurse nor to the family is just sorry as hell. And then Ellis has not shown any sympathy towards the child and the parents makes me mad as hell. TOP-NOTCH? This should be grounds for a lawsuit.
This school like many others do not follow their own policies and procedures. TOP-NOTCH?
I had much respect for Ellis until I got involved with the child eating the chemicals and the knife incidents. I have always had a problem with the make-up of the staff which do not include diversity.
I have no permanent friends, no permanent enemies only permanent interest.
Several parents of the girls (not girl) involved in the knife incident were notified that the boys were suspended for the rest of the 2009 – 2010 school year.
Mr. William Ellis principal had told atleast 2 parents that the knife incident was a level 3. It was also stated in The Daily Southerner by Jamica Ashley reporter article titled: “Fifth –grade boy pulls knife on girl.” It is so funny that the link to this story does not exist anymore.
It never seems to amaze me how the issues with the children at G.W. Carver Elementary School pertaining to the child who ate the vomit and the knife altercation is not the main thing.
The main thing should be dealing with the issues that have been raised by “the parents.” However I am and has been an advocate for children since the early 90’s and it no stranger to G.W. Carver Elementary School. I have served on the PTO, School Improvement Team and etc. and did so long before I had a child to enter into the school.
I have held G.W. Carver School administration accountable over the years so what is the problem? Well they have not heard from me in quite some time so they thought I had gone away. My son attended this school up until the 2008 –2009 school year. He is at the middle school now.
The parents who recently experienced some challenging issues at G.W. Carver School contacted me and asked me to help them resolve some their issues.
It is clear that the focus has been put on me because I am helping the parents resolve their issues and the real issues have not been dealt with in a professional manner. It should not matter that I am working with the parents because it does not matter if I was working with them or not, the issues are still the same.
I have the right to work with any parent that ask for my help be they black, brown, white or other. I have and will continue to work with anyone who contact me and I have been contacted by white parents as well over the years.
I have enjoyed the comments on my blog whereby some folks have stated some of the most ignant comments that I have heard in a long time. Someone had the audacity to ask why kind of degree do I hold to be able to help the parents.
I do not need a degree, it takes only common sense and it is evident that I am dealing with some folks who do not have such but they are suppose to be educators. However I have received certificates of graduation for participating in the yearly (PESP) Parent Education Studies Program through the NC Justice and Community Development Center Education Leadership Institute at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill NC on June 14, 2002 and again on May 30, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center in Rocky Mount NC.
Someone had the audacity to say that I am acting like a Johnny Cochran. Well I took that as a compliment because we know he was damn good. I have been called Rev. Al Sharpton as well. I used to didn’t care much for Rev. Al because he had made some bad choices during his years of advocacy but during the past years I have begun to like the man more and more and look foward to listening to him live every Sunday morning on a local radio station.
Some want me to reveal my resources and want to know do I have proof of what I say. How ignant to think that I would such. Do crime stoppers and other types of information stations give reveal their resources. Not! Well anyone that knows me, know I do my homework so.
The issues that the parents have asked me to help them resolve are far from over. The parents attempted to deal with the staff at the G.W. Carver and they felt disrespected.
I sent Mr. Ellis a message and he has not responded.
When I arrived at the school with the parents concerning the child eating the vomit on Tuesday March 9, Mr. Ellis said I could not come in the meeting and the parents said if I couldn’t come in there would be no meeting. Roland Whitted Associate Superintendent said reschedule the meeting.
It is obvious that Mr. Ellis was inferior of me being in the meeting because he knows me well. It is not like he do not know me and know that I am an advocate for the children. So why was he afraid of me attending the meeting? It is obvious he feels that I can give him a challenge. I can because I know how the system works.
Someone has said that I am out to make a name for myself. Nope my mom and daddy gave me a name and I love it. I work a real job and since I have been dealing with these parents I have been losing sleep by going to bed between 2 – 4 am and I have to be to work at 7 am. I do not get paid for what I do. I do what I do because I am a professional advocate who will stand up for the children. I am a voice for the children who have been targeted and do not deserve the treatment that they may have received. The DCN got their back.
Some folks have said that they don’t know why I was involved because it is nothing I can do. Well if it was not for me, Mr. Ellis would not have been at the school board meeting on Monday night March 8. He was in closed session with the board. It is my belief that he was told to send out the memo that he sent out on March 16, 2010.
Folks I know the progress I have made with accomplishing changes being made at G.W. Carver and South Edgecombe Middle School over the years. Several years ago I requested that both schools receive diversity training and it was done. I was also given the opportunity to participate at both schools but I didn’t attend because I did not want to be in the room with some of those staff members whom I was dealing with back then who had a problem with me.
I want to send a message to the staff at G.W. Carver Elementary School and especially those who are posting comments on my blog that this is not about you and not about me but about the children. I know how to work the system and I will deal with you per your policies and procedures and not from a personal matter. I will deal with the facts as they are presented to me and when and if I should error, I will own up to my errors and will acknowledge it.
Anyone who my have some issues within the school system, you may contact me. However don’t come to me with no mess because if I do not know you, I am going to check you out before I check into your issue. I tell people all the time to check me out and don’t just take my word for who I am. You see when I work with folks I must know who I am working with because you are not going to make me look ignant.
The DCN sends a letter sent to Mr. William Ellis Principal dated February 28, 2010 reads as follows: Child Eats Another Child’s Vomit At A Local School
Note: The DCN has not received a response from Mr. Ellis.
The parents of the students involved in the knife altercation are waiting to hear from the Pinetops Police Department/Juvenile Justice/G.W. Carver School.
The parents of the child that ate the vomit has not heard from Mr. Ellis about the rescheduling of the meeting. However they did receive a call from the Central Office on Wednesday March 17.
The DCN also received a call from the Central Office on Wednesday March 17.
The Daily Southerner
In response to Jamica Ashley Reporter “Fifth –grade boy pulls knife on girl”
The following is the parents response to Jamica C. Ashley’ report in the Daily Southerner Tuesday March 16, 2010 print and online edition.
“A knife was allegedly pulled on a fifth-grader on Tuesday last week, the parents found out on Friday and pressed charges.” The above is not all true.
It is funny how the paper states, “A fifth-grade boy at G.W. Carver Elementary School in Pinetops pulled a pocketknife on a fifth-grade girl during recess, according to an Edgecombe County Public Schools spokeswoman.” It is funny how Diane LeFiles’ name was not listed as the schools spokeswoman because we hope no other woman is acting on her behalf.
Parent 1 found out on Tuesday and she visited the school on Wednesday. Parent 2 found out on Thursday and visited the school on Friday.
This following is not true per Parent 1. “The two were passing notes in class earlier that day, the mother said.” The child had previously told the parent that the boy had written her a letter to her stating he liked her and wanted her to be in his gang and turned it in to the teacher but later said she threw it in the trash.
Funny how the written statement from Parent 1 and Parent 2 were sent to the editor of the paper Terry Smith on last night and it was not used in this article.
Yes the school has some great children however the issue at hand is not totally about the children. The adults involved in this issue did not follow policies and procedures by calling the parents to the school to talk to them about the altercation.
This paper states that, “Law enforcement said that the matter is still under investigation and that they were made aware of the incident a "day or so after it happened." What in the hell is a day or so? So since the parents didn’t go to them until Friday, so that means that the school did not press charges as Mr. Ellis had told Parent 1 on the following day after the altercation occurred. It is very clear that if the parents had not followed up on this issue there would not have been any charges filed.
We are wondering how the school is considering this a Level 3 offense.
We have a copy of the G.W. Carver Elementary School Student and Parent Handbook 2009 – 2010 “Where Children Come First” name at the bottom William S. Ellis, Principal and Florence E. Wilkins, Assistant Principal and this is on the cover. However the following was copied and pasted from the online version of the Code of Conduct.
On page 9 of 13 4300 it is listed at the bottom of the page Recommended Course of Action for Level Three Offenses – Grade Pre-K 5 and on page 10 at the top of the page it states Level Four Violations.
Level Four Violations
2. Use or Threatened Use of a Weapon – No student shall use in a threatening or dangerous manner any weapon or other object that can be considered a weapon or a facsimile of a weapon.
Page 10 of 13
For the first violation of item (2) of a Level Four provision, a student shall be long-term suspended for the remainder of the current school year and the incident will be reported to law enforcement officials.
It is so funny Mr. Ellis said children make bad choices, however yes this is true but our issue is G.W. Carver Elementary School made a bad choice to not contact us. So many times it is stated that the parents are not involved and we are involved parents and we have been disrespected. Just like Mr. Ellis stated, "We have great students here at Carver, but unfortunately, a few have made some very poor choices," Ellis said. "This incident was unusual and not indicative of the majority of the students on our campus." Well we have some great parents however when things happen in school it is always blamed on the parents and it is made to appear that parents are not interested in their children’s education especially black parents. This is not limited to G.W. Carver but is the myth across the nation. You see the majority of the parents are concerned about their children’s education but when they visit the schools they are disrespected.
When the involved parents are disrespected it discourages them and others from visiting the schools.
This article make it appear that only one parent pressed charges when it was 2 parents.
"We met with our staff to review our procedures and I hope our parents will use this opportunity to talk to their children about the importance of good behavior at school," Ellis said.
Sources informed us today that a Memorandum dated today March 16, 2010 to G.W. Carver Elementary Staff from William Ellis Principal was given to all staff members today.
The memorandum states:
I would like to remind all staff of the importance of communicating with parents in an effective and timely manner regarding any safety issues with your students. This is our responsibility while students are in our charge. Students safety is our primary concern. Procedures are already in place concerning parent communication and should be followed at all times, especially as it relates to safety issues. Failure to do is considered a neglect of duty. Always err on the side of safety for your students.
If you should have any questions about these procedures, please contact the administration. Attention to this issue is needed so the credibility of our school remains unharmed and parents maintain confidence in our decisions. If you have any questions please let me know.
Your cooperation and support is expected.
cc: Dr. Steve Mazingo, Interim Superintendent
Sources say that Mr. Ellis was told to send a memorandum to his staff on last Tuesday following another incident involving a child at G.W. Carver where a staff member did not report an incident until the next day and G.W. Carver did not contact these parents as well. That case is still pending at the moment.
We were not informed about the altercation as parents and when we visited the school, we did not appreciate the response we received from Mr. Ellis and Mrs. Wilkins. We will hold them accountable because we know they will hold us accountable for our actions. When everyone know their role and acknowledge their shortcomings then we all can move forward.
We also feel if another race was involved in this altercation that the other parents would have been notified. But this is what happens when you only have 1 certified black teacher (certified) however there is atleast 1 black (Certified Special) teacher at this school.
If anyone should have any questions please feel free to contact us.
LaTanya L. Williams
cc: Media Outlets
Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools
Yolanda Thigpen Edgecombe County NAACP
Curmilus Dancy II – The DCN
Note: The following statements were sent to Terry Smith Editor The Daily Southerner on Monday night the day before this article ran.
Monday March 15, 2010
Statement : G. W. Carver Elementary School Knife Altercation Involving Our Children
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Mr. William Ellis Principal
G.W. Carver Elementary School
Pinetops, North Carolina
I am very much concerned about a situation that occurred on Tuesday March 9, 2010 concerning my daughter.
My daughter was allowed to get on the bus in which she do not come directly home but goes to South Edgecombe Middle School to the Boys & Girls Club. The Boys & Girls Club contacted me to tell me I needed to talk to her because she was crying about an altercation she had been involved in at G. W. Carver Elementary School. I immediately left work and went to my baby. My baby then told me about her altercation. My daughter told me that her life had been threatened by some little boys. She had received a letter from a little boy saying he liked her and that he wanted her to join his gang. My daughter had told me she gave the letter to the teacher but later said she threw it in the trash. At the end of the day during recess about 2:45 pm the little boys hit my daughter, she hit back and a knife was pulled out. The attacker used a (butcher knife) from which we understand it appeared to be. The attacker chased my daughter and she tripped. Her clothing was damaged pants and shirt along with a nick on her arm. My daughter and some other children that were involved took off running. Mr. Everett staff member noticed the incident and he maintained 3 little boys and they were not allowed to get on the bus. If it had not been for Mr. Everett this altercation could have been more serious or even fatal.
I understand this altercation happened at the end of the school day however I feel this incident was not handled properly. First of all my daughter was allowed to ride the school bus to another school to the Boys & Girls Club and they called me to tell me I needed to come see about my child.
My daughter was afraid to go to school today Wednesday March 10, 2010. I visited the school today and spoke with Ms. Wilkins Assistant Principal and I was not pleased with her attitude. She said it was at the end of the school day and she didn’t have time to call me. This is unacceptable because my child and some other children lives were in danger.
It is no way that my child should have had to come back to school on today Wednesday March 10, 2010 without the school calling all the parents in whose children were directly involved in this serious altercation. This altercation could have been fatal due to the type of weapon that was used.
I am requesting a conference with you and Ms. Wilkins asap to discuss this incident.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Mr. William Ellis Principal
G.W. Carver Elementary School
Pinetops, North Carolina
I am a mother of a 5th grader at G.W. Carver Elementary School. My daughter was chased on the play ground on Tuesday March 9, 2010 by another student with a knife. She managed to grab the hand of the student with the knife and he stuck it in her finger.
I am an upset parent because I did not find out about the altercation until Thursday, March 11 around 8:00 PM.
I visited the school on Friday morning and Mr. William Ellis Principal asked me what did I want to know? I told him I wanted to know about the altercation that happened on Tuesday. He told me my daughter was just a witness and it wasn’t anything he could tell me. I told him my daughter was involved.
Mr. Ellis had some notes on his desk and he began to read them and he then apologized for not calling me. He also apologized for Ms. Florence Wilkins Assistant Principal for not calling me as well. He said he was off campus and the assistant principal should have called me. Mr. Ellis kept telling me that all the children were playing.
When a child is being chased with a knife, this is not playing. I am very upset because the children who had the knife returned back to school on Wednesday March 10 the following day after the altercation occurred. The school got a statement from my daughter on Wednesday March 10 and I was not contacted.
While the children were running with the knife someone could have fell and the knife could have entered into their body.
At this point during our conversation Mr. Ellis knew I was getting upset and I asked again why I was not called when the altercation first occurred. Mr. Ellis said he apologize for the 2nd time. I told him I had a question for Ms. Wilkins. I told him that 2 years ago during the school day 2 little boys had their private part out chasing my little girl and when Ms. Wilkins called me, the school day was over. I said this is the same assistant principal that didn’t call me about the knife. When I questioned her about this incident she said she didn’t call me because my daughter didn’t act as if she resisted. What kind of response was that? If she didn’t resist why was she running. When this incident occurred I should have been notified.
I went into the Ms. Wilkins’ office and she didn’t give me a chance to say anything. She said good morning and I know you want to know why I didn’t call you. She said Wednesday I had a hectic day and I was not avoiding you but my day was hectic. At this time I was tearing up and I said thank you and walked out. I was so mad because she never sat down to even act as if she was concerned. Here I am a parent and she acted as if I was nobody. I knew I had to leave before I said something out of anger.
Mr. Ellis told me before I left out that he wasn’t going to be behind the eight ball. He was not going to be held accounted for Ms. Wilkins actions. So obviously Mr. Ellis do not know his role or he do not care.
I am thankful my child didn’t get stuck in the stomach with the knife. I am glad the other children didn’t fall on the knife. I am glad my child is not dead. I am having a hard time dealing with the school saying “they were just playing.” So many children are dying from similar altercations in schools abroad. My child could have gotten stabbed, lost her life and the school response is they were playing.
I will not allow my daughter to be a statistic. I am not pleased with the way this altercation has been handled. I have been told this same child has brought a knife to school and the 1st time nothing was done. This is the 2nd time and children were chased the 1st time also. So is the school waiting on a 3rd time that could lead to a fatal tragedy?
It is obvious that Mr. Ellis Principal and Ms. Wilkins Assistant Principal do not have the well being of “all” the children.
Mr. Ellis had stated that he was going to press charges and as of Friday March 12 he had not. We took it upon ourselves to go to Tarboro however we were told we had to go to Pinetops. The Pinetops Police Department was very cooperative. We pressed charges and we are now waiting for the next step.
On late Friday evening March 12 Mr. Ellis called us and asked us to come out to the school on Monday. We visited the school on today and he wanted us to review our children’s statements that they gave on last week. He said he may press charges. Tomorrow will be one week from the time the incident occurred and he has not pressed charges and had not actually communicated with us without us visiting the school seeking answers.
If Mr. Ellis Principal and Ms. Wilkins Assistant Principal had followed their own policies and procedures and contacted us then just maybe all who were directly involved along with us and the other parents and the Pinetops Police Department just maybe we would not have had to press charges. But since G.W. Carver Elementary School is more concerned about their image over the welfare of the children, we feel strongly that we have taken necessary actions to begin the healing process. We refuse to leave this serious matter in G. W. Carver Elementary School hands.
If you should have any further questions you may contact us.
cc: Superintendent Edgecombe County Public Schools
Yolanda Thigpen Edgecombe County NAACP
Curmilus Dancy II – The DCN
“Concerned” you still don’t get it. Why do you still continue to post using a different code names? I am not going to approve your comments.
I love it when racist white folks and safe Negroes call me arrogant because I speak truth to power. I was the one who made sure G. W. Carver put P.T.O. by-laws in place and that they followed them. I also made sure they put some School Improvement Team by-laws in place also. I worked hard as a member of both groups. This was before I had a child in the system so when my first child began to attend the school, it was not like I just popped up just because I had a child there. I also attended G.W. Carver.
I know why our children do not have books to take home because I along with others questioned that years ago. That is nothing new. This is why I am so glad to see the laptop initiative and I hope that someday they will be in all the schools.
I am involved in what is going on at G. W. Carver because I was contacted the families asked for my assistance. I am more than happy to help them simply because I am an advocate for children, parents, teachers and others. When anyone contact me and ask for my assistance, I will decide if I want to get involved and don’t think once about what folks like this ignant person who continues to make comments on my blog but only I can read them because I am not going to approve their comments and any others who are trying to make the issue about me and not commenting on the main thing. The main thing is the school is not following their own policies and procedures but they expect the children and parents to do so.
No, the blame is not on everyone at this time and the focus is on the school.
No, my life is not boring because I do many things and it is never a dull moment. I will continue to be a voice for “all” children be they black, brown, white and other.
Concerned, you say, “It is obvious that you are out to get mr. Ellis. You state he wasn’t there , but you are ready to have him fired yet again.” Why do I have to be out to get him? It was the families whom came to me and asked me to assist them. It is not about he not being there, it is about how he handled the situation when he returned to the school. He is the head and he is suppose to make sure the others follow his lead. So maybe they are following his lead and that is why the school is in such turmoil.
Thank you Concerned for your comments. You further validate my concerns. Why not do your homework and prove me wrong? But since you are hiding behind a code as far as I know you could work at the school. LMBAO
Two parents of 5th grade students pressed charges today because their children were involved in an altercation involving an attempted assault with a butcher knife Tuesday March 9, 2010. The parents pressed charges at the Pinetops Police Department around 4:00 PM this evening.
One of the parents learned about the incident on yesterday Thursday March 11 after she received a text message from someone asking how her child was doing? When she questioned her daughter why she had not told her, the daughter said because the staff said they was handling it. The parent visited the school today and felt she was disrespected by Florence Wilkins (black) assistant principal who supposedly have been investigating the incident since William Ellis (white) principal was not at the school during the time of the incident.
Wilkins told this parent the same thing she told the another parent that she didn’t have time and that she had a bad day.
After meeting with these 2 parents, I have come to the conclusion that Ellis and Wilkins need to be removed from G. W. Carver Elementary School effective immediately because they do not give a damn about the total well being of all the children.
Sources say around half of the staff wore their, “My Principal Got My Back” tee shirt today. How ironic.
Stay tuned for more on the latest saga at G. W. Carver Elementary School whereby this school has made it clear that they are not going to follow policies and procedures but they expect the children and parents to do so. Everyone must be held accountable for their actions and the staff at G. W. Carver is not exempt.
Sources say around half of the staff wore their shirts today. I wonder did they wear them just because? Just because I mentioned how arrogant they are as it relates to the shirt or just because they have been wearing them anyway? Oh well does not matter why but it sure is arrogant as hell to me.