Principal reinstated at Southmayd

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

SOUTHMAYD, Tex. -- Southmayd Elementary principal Terry Martin is back at work after being put on administrative leave.

Last week Child Protective Services received a complaint regarding an alleged incident at the school.

Following standard protocol, school officials say Martin was placed on leave while CPS investigated the incident.

This week school officials were notified by CPS that the case had been closed, citing a lack of information to proceed further with the case.

Therefore, Martin was allowed to go back to work.

Southmayd police say no charges were filed against Martin.

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  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2007 at 04:09 PM
    How do any of you know who made the complaint. MOST of the teachers on that campus are doing their jobs. How did they even get drug into this??? You guys need something better to do.
  • by involved parent Location: Southmayd on May 8, 2007 at 06:31 AM
    One of the many things our counselor is responsible for on campus is to report suspicious or unethical behaviors. This counselor is just doing her job! We should be GLAD that we have a counselor that is watching out for the safety of our children, even if it involves the principal. This message edited for content by KXII Staff.
  • by parent Location: S on May 7, 2007 at 06:26 PM
    Mac Daddy Martin. I'm all teary eyed just listening to all the praise for our great elementary school leader. To bad most (all) of the nice ladies haven't a clue and haven't the opportunity to know any information other than what what they see driving up to the school or hanging out at an awards ceremony. Good luck with your staff development(wink). You've heard of the Teflon Don. We'll here is the Teflon Principal. YOU ARE THE MAN!
  • by parent Location: Southmayd on May 6, 2007 at 07:15 PM
    I agree 100% that the worst thing that could happen would be for Mr. Martin to leave. He's the best thing to ever happen to this little school. There were false allegations made toward a teacher from the elementary counselor this year. The teacher was wrongfully, personally attacked and chose to resign. She was not fired.
  • by Terry Location: Southmayd Elementary School on May 6, 2007 at 09:39 AM
    You have no idea how much it touched me to read the kind words left on this comment board. The past couple of weeks were difficult to say the least- not because I had a concern that I did something wrong, I never worried about that. I felt for the kids, parents, and staff members who were put in an awkward situation because of the investigation. I have worked in education for 16 years. During those years, I have worked with CPS on many, occasions. Child Protective Services is an agency we rely on to watch out for the best interest of our children. I have 100% confidence in their procedures and investigative practices and have never run across anyone in the agency who does not have the best interest of the children in mind when they are interviewing and investigating different allegations. I tell parents that a CPS investigation is not a bad thing, if the person they are investigating has done nothing wrong. If children have been put in a harmful situation, CPS will most likely discover it and take steps to make certain the child or children are not put in that situation again. If they have done nothing wrong, CPS will most likely find this and will clear their name of any wrongdoing. That is what happened in my situation. I welcomed them to "turn over every rock from here to Fort Worth ISD" and according to them, they did. I stand behind this statement I make to my faculty and staff every year. We get to work with these children. We don't have to, we GET to. It is an honor bestowed upon us by the parents in our district and I think of this every single day. It meant the world to me when I returned to work and kids came up to me and hugged me and told me they missed me not knowing why I was gone...just caring that I was back... Anyone who has ever worked with kids understands that feeling is priceless. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
  • by Jan, parent of elementary student Location: southmayd on May 4, 2007 at 02:55 PM
    As a mother with her first child entering school for the first time this year I can tell you Mr. Martin totally impressed me and relieved me my anxiety of my child leaving the nest for the first time. From the moment my husband and I met him we knew we had made the right decision on the school district we chose. From his unfaltering spirit to do anything which motivates the children in appreciating the library, to standing in the rain at 7:45 a.m. helping students out of the car and into the safety of the school I know he has my child's best interests at heart. So why can't we let the man alone and let him do what he does best, teaching our children to crave education and appreciate the value of a good imagination. Let's hope he doesn't decide to leave for another school district at years end because of this. His leaving would leave me re-evaluating the school district my child attends next year. And I hope someone emails him this link, I think it would do his spirits good to know he has the support of so many parents.
  • by curious Location: sherman on May 4, 2007 at 02:16 PM
    What were the allegations?
  • by Elementary Mom Location: Sherman, Tx on May 4, 2007 at 12:06 PM
    Thank you Mr. Martin for you continued devotion to the education of our children-despite the bad, negative things that are pushed on you you always seem to stay focused on our children and education. You are a wonderful educator with a great big heart.
  • by SS parent Location: ss on May 4, 2007 at 11:55 AM
    fire the counselor
  • by parent on May 4, 2007 at 11:51 AM
    Didn't they fire a teacher this year over allegations made by the same counselor. Is the counselor still working?
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