City College principal returns to job after one-day suspension

December 16, 2003|By Tanika White | Tanika White,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore school system principal is back at school this week after a one-day suspension resulting from an allegation that he had assaulted a student.

Joseph Wilson, principal at City College, declined comment and referred calls to the school system's public information office yesterday - his first day back at the high school. Wilson was placed on administrative leave Friday, pending the results of a police investigation into the matter.

Police officials said Friday that the allegations against Wilson were unfounded.

"They found no grounds for the charge," school system spokeswoman Edie House said. "So that's the end of that."

House said the incident, which led to the allegation, involved a student who was walking through the school's hallway Thursday, carrying a sandwich. When the student refused to put the sandwich away, despite Wilson's admonishment, the principal allegedly grabbed the students' arm, took the sandwich and threw it away.

The student complained to school employees, who followed required procedure and notified authorities. House said it is school system policy for administrators to be placed on paid leave while investigations concerning accusations of abusive behavior are conducted.

Wilson recently was criticized by some City College alumni who were concerned about staff turnover and the lower percentage of boys enrolled at the school since he became principal.

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