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Coelho Middle School Asst. Principal demoted after school lunch incident

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Dee DeQuattro

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The Assistant Principal at Coelho Middle School has been suspended for five days without pay and will be demoted for her role in a situation that involved students being denied lunch or told to throw out their lunches.

Assistant Principal Susan Fortin will revert to the position of teacher with Attleboro Public Schools and will serve as a substitute teacher until a permanent teaching position becomes available.

Superintendent Pia Durkin said the decision was made after conducting several interviews regarding the April 2 situation. On April 2 up to 40 students were denied lunch or told to throw out their lunch by staff members of Whitson's Culinary Group after it was revealed they had past due accounts.

"I have concluded that the Attleboro administrator, whose oversight of the lunchroom was her responsibility, did not question the decisions that the Whitsons staff made that day nor did she exercise good judgment on behalf of the students she charged to care for. She did not stop those decisions from being carried out and announced to students that they would not be able to charge lunch that day, leading many students to be denied lunch. Her allowing the situation to continue for four lunch periods is totally unacceptable to me. Further misjudgment occurred when standard protocol was not followed in not notifying the Principal of the building as to what occurred in the lunchroom."

The Superintendent said this action will conclude the investigation into the incident.

After the incident Whitson's Culinary Group apologized for the actions of its staff saying they were firing 4 people, re-training employees and would offer students free lunches for three days.

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