There’s a minor update in Tuesday’s front page Missoulian story on the Poplar middle school principal who is accused of taking failing students aside and berating them. Poplar Public Schools, District 9/2B, is the second largest public school system on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. Sixty percent of students at Poplar Middle School are Native. There were five suicides and 20 attempts at the small school last year. Parents, among other things, are worried the alleged segregation may hurt the healing of the students. Principal Patricia Black said she was trying to talk with students about “high expectations.”
Today’s Associated Press story details the complaints about Black heard by the school board. A decision on punishment could come Thursday.
HELENA – A Fort Peck tribal council member says the Poplar School Board met in executive session to hear complaints about a middle-school principal who called out dozens of failing students during a school assembly.
Dale DeCoteau says angry parents who believe principal Patricia Black unnecessarily shamed the students packed Monday’s school board meeting. He says six parents spoke to the board behind closed doors.
DeCoteau, who was in attendance as an observer, says the school board will decide on Thursday whether to hand down any punishment.
Black declined comment on Tuesday, saying she could not speak about what happened in the meeting. She has previously said she segregated the students at the end of a Sept. 27 school assembly to talk to them about how to improve their grades.