Parents at a high-school in Florida say they’re shocked by a principal’s accusation that their child was bullied.
The school in Pineland, Fla., is one of at least two in the state that have seen student-on-student bullying incidents in recent weeks.
The incidents have drawn international attention to bullying and the high school’s reputation.
The principal, who is now in the middle of a disciplinary hearing, has not commented on the accusations and referred questions to the school.
Pineland is a historically black high school in a largely white community that’s home to some of the state’s poorest students.
The Pineland school’s principal, George Grosch, has been accused of bullying students who have been ostracized and of making racially charged comments, according to a parent who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak publicly.
The parent said she has a daughter who has been bullied.
Pinesland principal George G. Grosen told The Associated Times that he is concerned about the safety of students.
He said the students were disciplined and asked them to report to the principal’s office immediately.
When asked if students had been disciplined, he said, “I’m not sure.”
Grosen said that when he first became principal, the school was receiving more complaints about bullying.
But since then, he has seen “a lot of students being bullied,” he said.
The principal is not allowed to be in the school, so he asked for permission to leave.
He was allowed to go, Grosens said, and then he was told by Pineland staff that students had to go to the administration building, which is next door to the high-rise building.
When a Pineland student asked Grosenhance what happened, he was ordered out, Grazen said.
Grosenhate is a former Marine who has served as a police officer, an elementary school teacher and a firefighter.
He is white, and parents of students at Pineland say they’ve been subjected to a “bias against black people” since he took over.
The parents, who have not yet seen the investigation report, said they’ve talked to other Pineland administrators and students who were asked to leave, and they’ve received support from other students.
But the parents said they don’t think it was racism.
They said they were not upset by Grosenzent’s comments about their daughter.
The parents have not spoken to their daughter, who attends a nearby elementary school, because they don’ t want her to feel unsafe.
The school principal and a student who spoke on condition that he not be identified said they have not been told of Groseniks accusations.
Pikeville is a predominantly white, predominately black, middle school, according in its website.
A school spokesperson did not respond to an AP request for comment.
The AP obtained the Pineland principal’s statement in writing and reviewed a copy of it for this story.
The statement says that students were “banned from the gymnasium and from the auditorium, were told they could not bring their own lunch, were asked for personal hygiene items, and were given a note that said ‘you need to go home,'” and that the students “were also told that they were being escorted to the auditoria and were told to leave.”
The statement also says that the school has been making improvements to its campus environment in recent months, and that a special committee has been formed to address bullying and harassment.
The spokesperson also says the school “has made efforts to improve student safety.”
The Pineville school said Grosench did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
A teacher at a nearby high school who spoke with the AP said students were bullied because they didn’t speak English.
She said that many students had limited English proficiency and were unable to speak clearly, and some of them had disabilities.