‘My kid ended up shedding tears’: Parents demand transparency about Amelia County principal

‘My kid ended up shedding tears’: Parents demand transparency about Amelia County principal
Parents in Amelia County are demanding transparency after they found out through social media that the county's elementary school principal will no longer serve in his role. (Source: SOURCE; NBC)

AMELIA COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - Parents in Amelia County are searching for answers after learning through social media that the county’s elementary school principal, Jonathan Cummins, will no longer serve in his role.

A group of parents, including Chelsea Peterson and Mary Schultz, met in front of the school board’s office on Tuesday afternoon demanding transparency and answers.

“Somebody had posted something on Facebook about losing our favorite person,” Schultz said. “A friend of mine called me and said, ‘Is this going on?’ I called somebody I know and they confirmed that he’s no longer working there.”

Schultz says she has two kids who attend Amelia County Elementary School and said Cummins was caring and loved all his students.

“Mr. Cummins is one of the reasons why I continued with ACES because I knew my son was safe,” she said.

Peterson and Schultz say their children were sad to hear about this situation.

“When I told my 6-year-old yesterday, he got quiet,” Peterson said. “My kid ended up shedding tears.”

“He cried himself to sleep last night, woke up this morning crying again,” Schultz said.

The chairman of the Amelia County School Board sent the following statement to NBC12:

“The Amelia County School Board does not and cannot comment on personnel matters. That said, we carefully weigh each decision and none are made in haste.”

Peterson says this situation is leaving parents with more questions than answers.

“These board members are who we vote in and us parents deserve to know what’s going on,” Peterson said.

Peterson says parents will continue to support Cummins with the same message he told his students every day during the morning announcements.

“Amelia County Elementary School students and parents love you and we always will,” Peterson said.

Over 700 people have signed an online petition to bring Cummins back as the principal of Amelia County Elementary School.

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