The school department put the assistant principal on administrative leave after the incident.
They released a statement that said, “We at Providence Public Schools were alarmed and dismayed by the physical altercation in the cafeteria at Central High School on Monday involving a student and an assistant principal. The district immediately contacted the police and put the assistant principal on administrative leave, pending a personnel review. Additionally, the school district has explicitly requested that police investigate the incident in its entirety.”
But that wasn’t enough for the Providence student union.
The activist group called for the school to fire Bacon and issue a public apology.
They posted the video, along with a letter of demands to their Facebook page yesterday. They wrote, “PSU demands that the Providence Public Schools be held accountable for this incident. Of course, we call for the removal of Assistant Principal Tom Bacon from the Providence Public Schools; violence against students has no place in any school. However, this incident also requires a larger response to the systems of ongoing in-school violence underlying this issue.”
This morning, Bacon resigned before the school could fire him.
He hasn’t been charged with a crime.
The school superintendent released a statement that said, “While the Providence Police will continue their investigation, we will continue to meet with students, teachers and community members and take proactive steps to support our entire school community.”