Richmond students protest principal’s resignation

Richmond students protest principal’s resignation

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Several George Wythe High School students walked out of school on Wednesday to protest the resignation of their principal, Reva Green.

“She speaks on our behalf,she fights for us all the time--why let someone go who really cares about the students?” said Jasmine Plummer, a senior who helped organize the protest.

Plummer along with Ariel Finney were emotional speaking about the impact Green has made on their lives.

“If it wasn’t for her I don’t know where I would be,” explained Fnney. “She has been there for me I really don’t want to see her go.”

Finney and Plummer say at one point, close to 300 students walked out of school. They admitted they were nervous their protest would be shut down, but say they’re proud to see the students mobilize. They feel Green has worked hard to defend and push her students to work harder and be the best versions of themselves. Some of the students called her a “super hero,"

“Seniors I commend you and the underclassmen,” said Finney. “Seniors, we have graduation coming up, and the fact that we are all out here supporting Ms. Green says a lot.”

Sources said earlier this month that 10 Richmond Public Schools principals were recommended to be let go for the next school year.

Sources say the recommendation comes after 17 principals were places on improvement plans a few months ago.

The 10 principals will finish out the school year.

Green has been with RPS for six years, and according to the school system, she is the first female principal of George Wythe.

A student reached out to NBC 12 to express her gratitude for Green. She says the principal, “paid for my cosmetology kit so that I could get my cosmetology license.”

The principals have the choice to leave RPS, apply for a teaching position or appeal the dismissal.

Sources say the RPS School Board voted to a hire a principal recruiter to help with re-hiring.

The school system is currently using a seven step selection process, to hire new principals. As of April 12th, RPS has received 210 principal applications.

In a statement Wednesday, the school system wrote:

While we can’t comment on personnel matters, we always appreciate hearing from our students, some of whom will be participating in the community panel to select the next leader at Wythe.”

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