OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Thursday, November 30, 2006 :::

A Fight in Henrico

Style Weekly has an item about a legal battle between a parent and the school system over bullying, reimbursement for private school tuition and what looks like a lying school principal.

I'm not entirely familiar with this case, and I am not exactly sympathetic to the parent's suit for reimbursement for private school tuition. However, this portion of the story doesn't sit well at all:

But in an October 2004 due process hearing, Henck says, school representatives, including Short Pump Elementary principal Ron Odum, provided erroneous information and withheld pertinent information.

The Hencks were determined to make that case. Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wade Kizer was ready for them to make it elsewhere. “Mr. Henck was unhappy with this office,” says Kizer, “and when I felt like none of our efforts would satisfy him, I requested a special prosecutor.”

Enter New Kent Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, who in November of 2004 took over the case. Principal Odum was charged with perjury shortly thereafter. The case was thrown out after a Henrico County circuit court judge ruled that the oath Odum and others took at the hearing was unnecessary and, therefore, Odum did not lie under oath. On Dec. 9, 2004, the administrative hearing officer issued his opinion denying the Hencks relief.

Laying aside the matter of whether the oath was necessary, the larger question is did the principal lie in an administrative proceeding? It seemed that way to the special prosecutor. And if it happened, what does that say about the trustworthiness of school officials?

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 11/30/2006 0 comments


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