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Parents Call for Resignations in Spring ISD in Wake of Fatal Stabbing

The Spring community is still trying to recover from the stabbing attack last week that left one teenager dead and three others injured. This week, the Spring Independent School District is holding meetings for parents.

At a series of meetings this week, parents in Spring can ask questions about school safety and voice any concerns.

But parents have to register to attend, and the meetings are closed to the general public.

For some parents, those meetings aren’t enough.

Steven Johnson, who has a daughter at Spring High School, tried to attend a meeting, but it was full. He wants leaders in Spring ISD to resign.

“So if our administration had just one single ounce of decency, we would already have the resignation of Superintendent Ralph Draper, we would already have the resignation of the principal Donna Ullrich.”

Ullrich is the principal at Spring High School where the fatal stabbing happened last Wednesday. Draper has been the Spring superintendent for eight years.

“It’s clear they don’t have that. It’s clear that the direction and leadership of this district and this school is going in the wrong direction and we need to correct that, as a community and as parents.”

Johnson says the fatal stabbing last week wasn’t an isolated incident.

State records show that in 2011-2012 — the most recent data available — there were more than 100 fights at Spring High School.

But the school in Spring ISD with the most fights on record was actually a middle school. Bammel Middle saw 167 fights that year.

For a complete schedule of parent meetings at Spring High School, visit here









Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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