Brainerd High School principal returns after investigation
HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Hamilton County Schools (HCS) is letting Dr. Crystal Sorrells return as principal of Brainerd High School. HCS suspended Sorrells on January 30 after she allowed a third-party security firm on the school campus.
HCS said that Sorrells will return to Brainerd High School on Monday, March 13.
On January 5, an incident took place between a student and the third-party security firm. We previously reported when a parent claimed their child was punched in the face by the security officer.
HCS said the security firm was on campus January 4. “Upon learning of the firm’s presence at the school, a district administrator instructed Dr. Sorrells not to allow the firm back on campus because proper procedures for vetting and contracting with a vendor had not been followed,” HCS said.
However, the security firm returned to Brainerd High School on January 5.
“After looking into the details of this incident, we know that mistakes were made … we take these mistakes by an employee very seriously, therefore disciplinary and corrective actions are in process,” said HCS Superintendent Dr. Justin Robertson.
Robertson said his decision to allow Dr. Sorrells to return is due to her “long history of being an outstanding administrator” in the school system. He said she is a “proven and valued asset” in the school district.
“I am overjoyed to be continuing the work at my Alma Mater. Know that the safety and security of our students, staff, and school will remain a priority,” Sorrells said. “It is not my practice to circumvent policies and procedures. I humbly apologize for distracting from the great work being done at Brainerd High School and look forward to continuing progress as we strive, thrive, and grow together.”