UPDATE: Dozens Of Students Suspended After Protesting Assistant Principal Possibly Losing Job

About 40 students from Greene Central High School were suspended Monday for leaving class in a show of support for one of their administrators. They came to school in improper dress, breaking the dress code. The out-of-school suspensions will last 1-5 days.

The students said they're concerned about their assistant principal, Jimmy Summerville, losing his job at the end of the school year after he was told his contract might not be renewed. Monday night the school board met in closed session. They plan to meet again about the issue next Monday at 6:00 p.m. at the Board of Education building in Snow Hill to decide if Summerville's contract will be extended.



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An on-line organized protest, spilled out into onto school grounds Monday afternoon- as students tried to save an assistant principal's job.

Dozens of Greene Central High School students refused to comply with the dress code, and many stormed out in support of the assistant principal, Jimmy Summerville.

His attorney says Summerville was told last week, his contract was not recommended for renewal and he would lose his position June 30th. Parents and students say Summerville is known to give kids a second chance, especially when it comes to the dress code.

"He does give them chances, you know instead of throwing them out the door, and when somebody else write them up and send them to his office, he just don't throw them out. He tries to talk to them and then put them back in class where they really need to be."said parent Shirley Carmon.

The superintendent did not respond to our calls Monday, but told us Summerville is still employed with the district. Students said they would continue to protest to save Summerville's job at a school board meeting Monday night.


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  • by Anonymous on May 23, 2011 at 07:59 PM
    Uniforms only give administrators and teachers the reason to pick on certain students. The rules are unfair to certain students. Alot of them need to be fired and I hope most of them lose their jobs.
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      by Huh? on May 28, 2011 at 06:14 AM in reply to
      Pick on them for what? How are the rules unfair for certain students? Go buy your kids a 5 dollar uniform shirt and 10 dollar pair of uniform pants from Wal Mart or Roses, add a 10 dollar belt and poof you have your uniform. These students have nothing to do with who the school hires or fires. Your just teaching your children to disobey rules and think noone should have authority over them ever. Parents need to grow up.
  • by RdoubleD on May 22, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    Fire that fool today & put an end to this nonsense. He's only causing trouble by being there.
  • by Dylan on May 22, 2011 at 06:08 AM
    Theres revolution in the air!
  • by sarah Location: Snow Hill on May 21, 2011 at 10:56 PM
    I think we should ban the lessons of Dr. King and Mahatma Gandhi from our schools. We should only teach the fuedal system, because from what I've gleaned from some of these comments, thats whats on the agenda for these kids anyway.
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      by To Little Sarah In Snow Hill on May 23, 2011 at 12:25 PM in reply to sarah
      A little closed minded there???! Why should we ban the teachings of these two promenade and notable leaders??? These students were not being VIOLENT … it is not like they were waving around guns. Gessh, all they did was walk around without belts in their belt loops! Instead of arguing about the curriculum, argue about something more substantial like …..Uhmmm the HUGE budget cuts to the SCHOOLS and counties here and in surrounding areas will have to face in upcoming months!! You seem like a Harold Camping follower! **If you don’t know who he is google him**
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2011 at 06:53 PM
    Here are some students that will stand up and be counted for on something they believe in. Which is more than the residents of Greenville will do with their public officials.
  • by Babboo Location: Greenville on May 21, 2011 at 01:46 AM
    All explanations aside, 40 students exercised their right to protest in a peaceful manner to make their opinions on a subject they cared deeply about heard by Administration. They took the consequences and still made their point. I salute each and every one of you!
  • by GC mom Location: GC on May 20, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    Once again, the REAL issues have been sidestepped. This is NOT about uniforms or educating children or about bailing someone out of jail. It is about following the policies of the school. As an administrator, it is their obligation and responsibility to enforce the rules, so it would only make sense that they would follow the rules. There are two excellent administrators at the school who enforce and follow the policies. Whether you agree with the dress code or not is not the issue. It is his JOB to enforce the policies of our school system. Also, just an aside. He has not fulfilled his end of the contract by completing his certifications to be an administrator. So the issues that he has chosen to discuss such as the dress code policy which he does not follow as well as various other policies he does not enforce has nothing to do with the renewal of his contract. Which by the way has been renewed for another year. So while others at GCHS are working tirelessly to raise the standards to make GCHS a great school again, Mr. Summerville will be giving everyone another chance to be educated which is the furthest thought from some of their minds.
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      by Anonymous on May 20, 2011 at 09:16 AM in reply to GC mom
      GC mom: EXCELLENT comment! one thing to point out...Mr. Summerville unfortunately will be back next year to educate the students on breaking the rules and then supporting them!
  • by Too funny! Location: ENC on May 20, 2011 at 02:52 AM
    There are very few posts on this story that can be deciphered. Perhaps, the parents need to go back to school as well. As a matter of fact, the story from WITN is not going to win a prize for correct grammar either.
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    I have not seen any statistics that prove one way or the other if uniforms in public schools has a positive or negative impact. I can only imagine that it makes it easier for the school administrators to control what is acceptable to wear and what is not. But for those of you who argue that wearing a uniform is government control,etc. etc.,I would say that if the administrators allowed the students to wear whatever they would like to wear and then checked to see who is getting free breakfast and lunch but can afford $150.00 sneakers, $85.00 pull-overs, and personal cell phones you would probably see them change their tune. It is time for the people who are having the kids to start raising their kids and stop forcing the rest of us to pay for their mistakes.
  • by GCHS Class of '75 Location: Semora,NC on May 18, 2011 at 02:43 PM
    To all who posted as "former" GCHS teachers maybe the reason you are a "former" teacher is because you don't know the simple difference between your and you're. No wonder our kids are leaving high school unprepared for college.
  • by go ahead! on May 17, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    hell yeah! im all for that!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on May 19, 2011 at 11:52 AM in reply to go ahead!
      whoa, we have great grammar dont we, nuff said. no need to reply because you have no come back trust me.
  • by jim Location: snowhill on May 17, 2011 at 02:22 PM
    this about a man his contract is about to expire,by law they do not have to renew it for whatever reason they want, so protesting does nothing,its not about being heard, it is about right or wrong, and the law is on the school boards side its that simple,leave it alone,contracts expire all the time you have no choice but to move on,it happens at schools all over the country.respect it.
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      by respect this! on May 17, 2011 at 07:12 PM in reply to jim
      respect it, why? whats respectable about it? is it sacred or something? maybe people want to be heard, maybe theyre sick of the government messing with the school system and cutting jobs and whittling the staff down to skeleton crews and messing with someones education. or maybe they just wanted to get out of class. im for it either way. if i had to be stuck in a class learning a test to determine my graduation, i'd leave if i could too.
      • reply
        by jim on May 18, 2011 at 05:51 AM in reply to respect this!
        because. you cant do anything about, its a bad economy.its a fact of life,people lose jobs all the time, they do not have have to rehire jimmy, deal with it.
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