- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Maryland elementary school principal who came under fire after creating a “smash space” for faculty members to unload their frustrations by demolishing pieces of furniture with baseball bats has announced her resignation.

Kensington Parkwood Elementary School Principal Barbara Liess apologized for setting up the space in a letter to parents last week, saying it was a “lapse in judgment.” She said it was set up March 8 after she read news articles about companies using the technique as a stress reliever, a local CBS affiliate reported.

Sarah Sirgo, a director of school support and improvement for the Montgomery County school district, told families that the district does not condone that sort of behavior and that it would investigate the incident, Bethesda Magazine reported.

In another letter Tuesday, Ms. Liess announced her resignation after 10 years as the school’s principal.

“Recent events have been a distraction from the positive things we have been able to achieve,” the principal wrote. “Therefore, in light of the care that I have for our staff, students, and community, I have decided to seek a new position in Montgomery County Public Schools. I will remain at Kensington Parkwood through June 30, 2017 in order to support a successful transition to the 2017-2018 school year.”

“The time I have spent at Kensington Parkwood Elementary School is among the most memorable of my professional career. I look forward to my next steps and thank you for all your support,” she wrote.


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