Dozens of duPont Manual students hold sit-in to call for principal's dismissal
Students at duPont Manual High School take part in a protest against Principal Jerry Mayes on Nov. 14, 2017. (Photo - Crimson Student Press)
duPont Manual Principal Jerry Mayes says he is focused on working with students and moving forward.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Black Student Union at duPont Manual High School staged a sit-in Tuesday to call for the dismissal of the school's principal.
More than 100 students took part in the sit-in, with a couple of students making speeches about their conflicts with Principal.Jerry Mayes.
The sit-in comes about a week after Mayes was reprimanded for "unprofessional behavior and poor judgment" after a recording surfaced of him talking to two African-American students to address complaints about the school's head football coach not allowing student trainers to kneel during the National Anthem before the Male vs. Manual football game.
The recorded conversation includes critical comments about Jefferson County Public School colleagues and their job performance.
The written reprimand warns Mayes to stay within the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified personnel and "keep in confidence information acquired about colleagues."
Mayes released the following statement after Tuesday's protest:
This morning, we had a peaceful, but vocal sit-in of about 100 students. The event was orderly and was held without incident. The sit-in began at 7:25 and lasted until approximately 7:43 a.m. As our school policy states, students going to class after 7:40 a.m. must obtain a tardy slip. According to our attendance clerk, 117 students obtained tardy slips because of the sit-in. (This was as of 8:50 a.m.)
Some of our students have concerns over some recent events at our school. Those events are currently under review by the district.
As I stated during a meeting Friday with duPont Manual's BSU, I love every student in this building. My focus is on how we can work together and move forward."