On Friday , December 21st, we learned that Southbridge Middle/High School Principal Tammy Perreault had been put on administrative leave.
This fulfilled a prediction made by Dennis Martinek on his blog Speak Out Southbridge. On December 13th he wrote in an article titled “As if things in Southbridge couldn’t get any worse”, “Tomorrow, or early next week, you will hear some rather shocking news that few people I’ve spoken with saw coming.”
In a follow up article published in the same blog today, “Another one bites the dust in Southbridge”, he confirmed that it was Ms. Perreault’s suspension to which he was referring. In response to one commenter on the article he wrote, “This is half of the big news that I was telling you was coming.” To another he wrote, “…I have to say, I knew, but decided to hold-off until something could be verified,..”
This chronology of events raises a troubling issue.
You see, the reason that Ms. Perreault was put on administrative leave, according to a written statement she received from temporary acting Superintendent Terry Wiggin, was her alleged failure to properly report to him the incident regarding a student being on the SMHS campus with a pocket knife who also made threatening remarks.
What is troubling is that the incident cited in the letter occurred on Tuesday, December 18th.
I can only conclude that, unlike the question, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”, in this case we know the answer. The decision had already been made. All that was needed was a plausible reason.
Is it merely coincidental that the action was taken on what will likely be Mr. Wiggin’s last work day as acting Superintendent? By all accounts his replacement will be named this coming Wednesday.