CMS: No mistreatment of students by three administrators suspended from Carmel Middle

The principal, assistant principal and dean of students at Carmel Middle School have been placed on administrative leave, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced Tuesday.

The initial statement from CMS administrator Tara Lynn Sullivan sent to parents said only that “details of the situation are a personnel matter and cannot be shared.”

That was a sparse explanation, even under the constraints imposed by personnel privacy laws. In past cases where administrators were removed, CMS has specified their suspension status and/or offered assurances that no students were involved.

When the Observer pressed for details, CMS added this: ”The personnel review at Carmel MS does not involve improper behavior by CMS personnel towards any student and there is no criminal investigation of any CMS personnel related to this.”

This is the second time this month that the district has removed school leadership. Earlier in November, the principal and assistant principal of Pineville Elementary were suspended with pay. In that case, Principal Brian Doerer had notified parents prior to his suspension that police and the school were investigating “a student incident on the playground.”

The Observer has asked the district for more details about Carmel Middle, including the job status and work histories of Principal LeDuan Pratt, Assistant Principal Bethany Gullion and Dean of Students Patrick Dean. Spokeswoman Renee McCoy said she will provide any additional details when she gets information from human resources.

The south Charlotte middle school has about 1,150 students.

According to Pratt’s LinkedIn page, he has been principal at Carmel since March 2017 and has worked for CMS since 2007.

Gullion’s LinkedIn page says she has been assistant principal at Carmel since 2016 and with CMS since 2009.

Ann Doss Helms: 704-358-5033, @anndosshelms