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.
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.