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OCCHS principal: More than one side to story of soldier’s surprise visit to school

OCCHS principal: More than one side to story of soldier’s surprise visit to school

An Obion County principal is being criticized on social media for allegedly not allowing a soldier to surprise his sister at school — but there’s more to the story.
It all started with a Facebook post from an Obion County woman who claimed her grandson, who is in the military, went to Obion County Central High School to visit his sister and was not allowed in.
The grandson was also a graduate of OCCHS.
The woman’s social media post circulated over the weekend and more comments surfaced on Topix — where some people criticized OCCHS principal Linda Crigger and others defended the way she handled the matter.
Ms. Crigger told The Messenger today that the soldier was, in fact, allowed to see his sister at the school when he dropped by last Tuesday.
She said the soldier, dressed in camouflage, came into the school while the national ACT test was being administered upstairs to the school’s juniors. As a result, students who normally would have been in class upstairs were displaced, among them the soldier’s younger sister, and it was not a normal day at school.
Ms. Crigger said she told the soldier he could not see his sister right then, but he could either wait or he could come back after testing. The principal went back upstairs to check on testing, but she said she later came through the office to see the soldier visiting with his sister at the counter.
“He did get to see her,” the principal told The Messenger, adding that the soldier must have opted to wait.
Ms. Crigger said she understands the soldier wanted to surprise his sister, but she said visitors to OCCHS are never allowed to go to the commons area and sit among students. She said it is consistent school policy administered due to safety issues “in this day and time.”
She said she makes every effort to do what is right and fair for all students and it is unfortunate last week’s incident has been blown out of proportion. She said the student involved has since spoken to her and expressed regret for what happened, also telling the principal she was, in fact, allowed to spend some time with her brother when he visited.

Published in The Messenger 3.25.13

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