- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A Burlington middle school principal has been put on paid leave after forgetting about a sixth-grade student in after-school detention.

Principal Brian Gravel, who is in his third year at Aldo Leopold Middle School, told The Hawk Eye (https://bit.ly/1Bwr0vs ) that he’d been put on indefinite leave last week and declined to comment further.

Leslie Brown’s 11-year-old daughter was given a one-hour detention as punishment for arguing in a hallway with another student. Brown said her daughter was told by Gravel that he would come get her when she could leave.

The student spent more than two hours in detention, which ended only after she left the room to find a custodian in a hallway.

Brown said she was at the mall paying her cellphone bill when she received a call from teacher Jackie Swink around 5:45 p.m., saying she was with her daughter.

Swink drove the child to the mall, where they were met by Gravel, who Brown said was visibly upset. Brown said Gravel called her later at home to apologize, and Superintendent Patrick Coen called soon after to offer his apologies.

Brown said she doesn’t think Gravel should stay as the middle school’s principal. Her daughter has asthma, and she wondered what might have happened if she had an attack while trying to get out of the room.

Though the door in the room isn’t locked, it’s not easily opened from the inside, she said.

Associate principal Mark Yeoman at Burlington High School has been named interim principal at the middle school.


Information from: The Hawk Eye, https://www.thehawkeye.com

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