Yesterday, another Southwest Early College Campus principal threw his deuces up. Ben Boothe, the third principal to take over Southwest this year, announced that he's leaving at year's end to work on his doctorate, focus on his family and possibly take a job at an elementary school in Leavenworth, Kansas.
Whoa, hey, Mr. Boothe -- any one of those excuses would have sufficed. When the Kansas City, Missouri, School District saw fit to shutter Westport High and mash its scary, urban students in with Southwest's preppy achievers, they created a monster. Now, Southwest is running through principals like Charlie Sheen runs through porn stars.
NBC Action News requested the stats:
There have been 152 fights reported this year at Southwest, compared with 85 last year.
Bullying is on pace to meet or exceed last year's numbers, with 42 reported incidents this year, compared with 56 last year.
"Chronic Misconduct" is super high, with 63 documented cases this year, compared with only 14 last year. The Westport kids obviously brought the chronic.
Additionally, five Southwest teachers have filed for workers' compensation for injuries inflicted by students, but the validity of those claims hasn't yet been established.
Brian Hand, who lives in the Armour Fields neighborhood around Southwest,
addressed the school board at a recent meeting. He said he was "disgusted" with the current state of the school district.
"The community is living in fear," Hand told the board. "I get calls
from residents who are being terrorized by kids on the Trolly Trail."
The neighbors "want it restored to how it was last year," he said.
Steve Scraggs started off as Southwest's principal this year. Douglas Bolden stepped in when Scraggs resigned in October, but he lasted only two months.