MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two Shelby County high school principals have been suspended with pay for allegations of sexual harassment, according to the Memphis-Shelby County Education Association.
Text messages, cell phone pictures, and videos of a sexual nature involving the principals at Melrose and Kingsbury High School have been turned over to the district for investigation by teachers and other employees, the SCEA said.
According to Keith Williams, the executive director of the education association, the text messages were scathing.
Williams describes the pictures sent to the teachers allegedly from the principals of Melrose and Kingsbury High Schools as frightening.
“There is an allegation out there. It is being investigated,” said Williams.
Williams told FOX 13 teachers and other employees came to him accusing the principals at Melrose and Kingsbury High School of sexual harassment. Williams said the principals “are both off with pay and have been off for quite some time.”
According to Williams, the evidence was turned over to the Shelby County School District to investigate about two months ago.
When asked to describe the text messages, pictures and videos, Williams told FOX13, “solicit sexual favors, some acts of that, some request of sexual improprieties, lots of pictures and photographs of anatomy that you would, that you would not publish.”
The Shelby County School District sent FOX13 a statement saying it is aware of “allegations involving employees of Melrose and Kingsbury High Schools. The matters are under review.” The statement did not mention any names or titles.
FOX13 went online and looked up the principals at both Melrose and Kingsbury.
FOX 13 called Kingsbury High to speak to principal Matt Smith but got a voice message.
An employee at Melrose High told us Principal Taurin Hardy was not in Wednesday and would not be in the office for the rest of the week.
FOX13 also emailed both Hardy and Smith but has not gotten a reply.
FOX 13 asked Keith Williams if the principals should be allowed to return to their respective schools if the allegations against them are true. Williams said, “No.”
FOX13 contacted School Board Member Dr. Althea Gibson, whose district includes Melrose High.
Gibson said she had not been made aware of any allegations or investigation. Gibson said she knows both principals to be fine educators.
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