Principal in the bedroom

Hoping to get two brothers  to go to school, Principal Ernest Jackson and a school psychologist walked uninvited into a home in Chester, New York to rouse the boys, 12 and 16 years old.  Jackson faces trespass charges.

A criminal complaint alleges Chester Academy Principal Ernest Jackson entered the home without permission when the two boys didn’t come to school in late September, and actually tried to coax them out of their beds.

You don’t walk into someone’s house,” Melanie Hunter said. “I could’ve been coming out of the shower.”

The mother wasn’t home. The father, who filed a complaint, doesn’t live with the family.

The principal, now on leave, shouldn’t have walked into the house. As for the mother who can’t get her sons to wake up and go to school, you’ll be able to live with your boys for years to come.  They won’t be able to finish high school, get jobs and move out of the house.

Update:  Principal Jackson and the psychologist were reinstated after witnesses confirmed they were invited into the house by a the students’ 20-year-old cousin. “The state has now cleared Jackson and Kavenagh of misconduct and the Village of Chester police have dropped their investigation for trespassing for lack of evidence.” reports the Times Herald-Record.

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  1. I take it that the local police didn’t have truancy officers. We’ve had high schoolers in their pajamas dragged into school by officers.

  2. As for the mother who can’t get her sons to wake up and go to school, you’ll be able to live with your boys for years to come. They won’t be able to finish high school, get jobs and move out of the house.

    I’ve noticed that t.v. station reports tend to be too short. The account in the New York Post is more substantial:

    If the mother called the boys in sick, maybe they were sick? Breaking and entering is a crime. There are better ways to handle the persistently truant. I realize that some administrators think they are surrounded by fools and liars, but committing illegal trespass doesn’t prove that this administrator was correct in his assumptions.

  3. If he tried that here in Texas, the school would be looking for a new principal following the funeral of the idiot who who break in.

  4. In Steve Farr’s Teaching as Leadership, he cites with approval the example of teachers who, rather than get frustrated at their inability to reach the parents of students who are having difficulty in school, walk those students home and wait as long as it takes for mom and dad to come home from work. From one perspective this kind of unannounced “home visit” is an example of the “whatever it takes” school of “no excuses” teaching. From another, it’s trespassing.

  5. Richard Aubrey says:

    Doesn’t say if the kids were permanently truants. Doesn’t say if they were really sick. Doesn’t say if these were the worst cases in the school. Doesn’t say if the prin had let his blood sugar drop.
    I understand that long-running frustration can bust out suddenly, but in certain occupations, it has to be controlled.
    Do the teachers who wait for the parents to arrive wait in the house? Who invites them in? The kids?

  6. I wish the principal of the high school during my youngest daughters’ tour there had done that. Her mother allowed her to call in sick for nine weeks (I was the non-custodial parent and didn’t find out about this until the first parent teacher conference that fall.) and that blew her high school career right out the window. I dragged her mother back into court but I couldn’t get custody, I got a lecure that I should be driving about 15 miles oneway each day to make sure my daughter went to school. After all her mother just couldn’t deal with her recalcitrance, but she cashed the five hundred dollar checks every payday quite well.

    It’s eleven years later and I am still hot. And the kid is still short three credit hours from graduation.

  7. Isn’t this the plot of Fast Times at Ridgemont High?

  8. Mike Curtis says:

    I can’t imagine what I’d do if a parent broke into my home because I failed to educate their child in the nuances of an equation of a line.

    Stupid in no-stupid zone should rate a criminal charge in this case.