High school principal put on leave pending probe

Move made day after fight at Thurgood Marshall site

October 06, 2004|By Liz Bowie | Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF

The principal of Thurgood Marshall High School was put on administrative leave Sept. 30, a day after a brawl erupted at the school in East Baltimore.

Albert Thompson was placed on administrative leave with pay pending an internal investigation, according to Vanessa Pyatt, a spokeswoman for the school system.

Pyatt said personnel matters are confidential and the system is prevented from saying why he is on leave or whether it is related to a Sept. 29 fight that broke out between two girls and grew to a brawl.

Thompson was hired in July last year to be the principal of Thurgood Marshall, a school created to take a portion of the students that had previously been assigned to Lake Clifton/Eastern High School. Lake Clifton was divided into several schools to try to make it a more manageable and academically rigorous school. Thurgood Marshall has about 500 students.

After two girls began fighting in the hall, someone pulled a fire alarm that required the school to be evacuated. While students were outside, the fight got larger, and school police decided to use pepper spray to break it up.

Russell Williams, an assistant principal at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School, has been assigned to Thurgood Marshall as interim managing assistant principal until the investigation is completed.

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