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Video of principal making apparent threat to teacher sparks concern


There is concern around a Charlotte-area high school after the school's principal is seen on video making an apparent threat towards a teacher.

The video was anonymously sent to WBTV a few months ago. It shows the principal of Harding University High School, John Floyd, calling a teacher out. The anonymous person told WBTV the principal self-recorded the video after a major riot at the school.

In the video, the principal wants to know why a particular teacher had to talk to somebody else before she could tell him who she called about the disturbance at the school.

He goes on to say people at the school will get shot up because of the action of the teacher. He ends the video message by saying "I'm going to get that ass on Monday."

"This principal appears to set a culture of fear and is an obvious bully," the person wrote in the letter to WBTV.

WBTV alerted Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) district about the video. The district responded with a message that stated, "The principal deeply regrets the incident. The Learning Community Superintendent, when notified, took immediate action and the incident was handled in accordance with the code of conduct."

WBTV also reached out to the principal, but have not gotten a response.

Recently teachers have reached out to WBTV about concerns at the school. Some teachers claim even after the video was made months ago and CMS has stepped in, they are still troubled. They claim Floyd still mistreats staff, doesn't support them and is a dictator.

Harding University High School student Isiah Donnelly supports Floyd. This is the principal's first year at Harding.

"One thing a lot of people have said," Donnelly said. "Is maybe Mr. Floyd bit of more than he could chew. I agree but at the same time he did those things in great expectation and those things he put in place are starting to come together."

The student believes these accusations won't stick.

"It's really people just trying to slander his name," the student said. "Because when somebody new steps in power, they don't usually agree at first. People don't like the change."

In addition to the video, there are concerns Floyd used his authority to make his business profit. Sources say the principal has a catering company and told the school to use his company for events. CMS tells WBTV it is unaware of any outside business.

Teachers tell WBTV they are fearful and say enough is enough. 18 teacher vacancies are currently open at Harding. Teachers believe more spots will become available if things don't change at Harding.

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