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Dozens Of Students At Furr High School Walk Out To Protest Principal’s Suspension

The initial complaints over a joke about a bat and strict dress code have been closed, but new ones have surfaced, according to HISD

 

The fallout from the suspension of a longtime Houston principal continues, as several dozen students at Furr High School walked out of class Tuesday morning before the day’s attendance was taken.

They chanted “Bring her back” and were joined by community activists, protesting the suspension of their longtime principal, Bertie Simmons.

 

Simmons has been temporarily relieved of her duties at Furr High since the end of September, while the Houston Independent  School District investigates unspecified allegations. The initial complaints over a joke about a bat and strict dress code have been closed, but new ones have surfaced, according to HISD.

Simmons has led Furr for the last 17 years, since she came out of retirement to turn the school around.

 

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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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