Principal stands by troubled teacher

Letter asks judge for leniency for convicted felon

June 28, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN AND SARA NEUFELD | MATTHEW DOLAN AND SARA NEUFELD,SUN REPORTERS

A Baltimore principal used school stationery to request leniency for a teacher who had pleaded guilty in August to carrying 5 pounds of cocaine in his car and was allowed to continue teaching until his sentencing two weeks ago.

The two-page letter of support from Principal Edith M. Jones defended Martius Harding as a talented but troubled teacher who shepherded his special education pupils and served as a role model for children and staff at Govans Elementary School.

Statement Excerpt from principal's letter to judge. PG 7B

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