As the saga at Cobb Middle School continues to unfold, teachers have begun to come forward with allegations that they say define a “hostile work environment.”
The decision to go public with the allegations is being driven by the changing status of the Cobb Middle School Principal Sarah Hembree.
Yesterday teachers at the school say they were told Hembree was on leave but were informed today, by Superintendent Rocky Hanna, that she will return on Wednesday.
Leon County Schools (LCS) have denied Hembree was on leave due to the investigation.
Yesterday LCS confirmed that officials were on school grounds as part of the investigation.
The existence of an investigation at Cobb Middle School was first publicly revealed by LCS Board attorney Opal Williams during the last LCS meeting after a parent complained about racial bias by Hembree.
After her comments, Williams stated the issue was under investigation.
TR has since learned that the investigation Williams was referring to at the LCS meeting was based on teacher allegations that were first forwarded to LCS officials in March 2019.
TR could not verify when the LCS investigation began.
A multi-page document obtained by TR list various allegations that are related to Hembree’s management practices and her treatment of African-American students.
TR has made a decision at this time not to list specific allegations while the investigation is ongoing. This may change as more information becomes available.