Jones College Prep Needs Leaders To Listen After Principal Removed Over Handling Of Student’s Nazi-Like Costume, Community Says
, 2022-11-16 15:28:55,
SOUTH LOOP — Parents, faculty and students at Jones College Prep are looking for a way to move forward after a student wore a Nazi-like uniform and goose-stepped at the school’s Halloween parade.
Longtime Principal Joseph Powers was relieved of his duties Nov. 4 after footage of the student’s outfit and march spread on social media. Veteran CPS administrator Arthur Slater was appointed the school’s new principal. The removal of Powers meant the removal of Jones’ Independent School Principal status, with full control of the selective-enrollment school reverting to the district.
It is unclear if the student will be disciplined. Chicago Public Schools referred Block Club to a statement released by CEO Roberto Martinez the day Powers was suspended.
Attendees at Jones’ local school council meeting Tuesday were asked not to comment about specific people who were part of the incident since it is part of an ongoing CPS investigation.
Remarks during the meeting’s public comment portion were contentious at times, but most attendees called for unity and vigilance.
“There’s something sorely lacking [with] all the talk going on in regards to recent challenges, and that is forgiveness,” said Michelle Parada, a Spanish teacher. “What will have the best impact on our community: continuing to cause more harm or empowering others with positive, constructive actions?”
Another teacher, Brady Gunnink, asked school leaders to listen to students and teachers who have sounded…
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