More details came out just before Christmas about the sudden suspensions and resignations of a high school principal and a coach from a high school in Florence, South Carolina. The South Carolina State Board of Education released its decision to suspend former West Florence High principal Pamela Quick’s teaching certificate and detailed the allegations.
The school district put Quick on paid leave in February and she resigned nine days later, according to WPDE.
In her resignation letter, WBTW reports, Quick said she was leaving for “personal reasons.”
The same month the district placed Kevin Jones, a teacher and coach at the same school, on administrative leave, after “allegations he made inappropriate comments to district staff members,” according to WMBF. He too resigned in February, the station reports. “Jones admitted he acted inappropriately and apologized for his actions,” the station reports.
Quick, the state board writes in its decision, “failed to properly document or respond to reports of an employee sexually harassing other teachers.” The board, in its Dec. 10 order, suspended Quick’s teaching certificate for two years.
A staff member at the school complained about sexual harassment to Quick, according to the order, but learned the principal did not “file the documents after telling another supervisor about the harassment.” That was just days before Quick was put on paid leave.
As officials investigated what happened with the harassment complaint, they heard a new accusation that the principal “used her position to change a student’s grade,” the order explains.
According to the state board, a student athlete, whose mother and Quick were friends, failed a class for too many absences. The disciplinary order says Quick helped the student appeal the grade even through the deadline for an appeal had passed. “The form Ms. Quick submitted was signed by Ms. Quick herself as approved. She then instructed the attendance clerk to have another administrator change the student’s grade,” the order notes.
The student was again allowed to be part of the team, the board writes, “However, the team’s coach was unsure of the student’s true eligibility and did not play the student in any games.”