Ethics: Principal Insults Students

Another ethics issue in the news! This one involves a case of insensitive texting by a school principal. I share it because I don’t want teachers studying ethics issues to only think teachers can make mistakes.

Read the article here. The short version is, a school principal made texts during an I.E.P. meeting that were insulting — about the student for which the meeting was called. Nothing high tech here about how it was discovered, it was simply seen by the person sitting next to the principal.

The communication of such comments are disgusting, of course, but even worse is the mettle of an employee who thinks like that in the first place.

Moral of the story: If you have thoughts that you think are edgy, it’s best to keep them to yourself. Furthermore, it might inspire some personal reflection on why you have them in the first place.

Madden was suspended in March. He was reinstated as principal however by a 6-3 school board vote on July 1. The decision comes with a catch however; he is now stripped of his special education duties and won’t be allowed to interact with those students.