Re: “School district tells rest of its story on Puyallup principal” (TNT, 5-11).
I have no doubt that Scott Brittain is a charismatic leader. What is abundantly clear after reading the documents is that he also did not feel that he had to follow the rules that were established for all district principals. This was his choice.
If the principals are not held accountable to follow rules, how can any of the children or staff be held accountable?
As parents, when our children make the wrong choice with our rules, we give them consequences. Rules are what make a civilized society civil. In this case, if the members of the school board and Superintendent Tony Apostle ignored the flagrant disregard for their authority, they would have not been able to maintain order or discipline with any other employee or student.
I am saddened by the personal attacks on Apostle and board members. Board members work very long hours without pay for the education of our children.
Brittain still can do right by the students who care for him deeply by admitting that he did wrong; the documentation does not lie. He chose to be insubordinate to his superiors and to resign when not required.
He can be an adult and help these kids transition into the future with respect and dignity, not anger and ignorance. His final legacy is his choice.