Head administrators at Carmel Middle School suspended after failing to report threat, source says

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Updated: Nov. 20, 2018 at 10:02 AM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Three top administrators at Carmel Middle School were suspended Tuesday after not reporting a threat concerning the school, a source says.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools says Principal LeDuan Pratt, Assistant Principal Bethany Gullion and Dean of Students Patrick Dean were placed on administrative leave.

Officials with the school say although this information may be unsettling and unexpected, they are committed to providing quality teaching. Parents were shocked to hear about the suspension, which a source confirms was due to not reporting a threat.

An interim principal and assistant principal are being sought to fulfill the positions in the meantime. Once the positions have been filled, communication will be sent out to Carmel Middle School families.

CMS Central 2 Community Superintendent Tara Lynn Sullivan said the details of the situation are a personal matter and could not be shared.

CMS released a statement addressing the incident:

“The focus of CMS and staff at Carmel remains on students and their achievement. Families should know that teaching and learning are continuing at Carmel without interruption. Carmel staff and families have been directly updated on school leadership. CMS does not share info or comment on personnel matters.”

Sullivan says she is working with Assistant Principal Jared Thompson and other staff to ensure school operations continue as usual.

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