CHICAGO (CBS) – College students at a prestigious highschool in West Englewood started their faculty yr on Monday by strolling out of faculty to demand the reinstatement of a well-liked assistant principal.
Former assistant principal Karen Fitzpatrick-Carpenter, identified by many college students as “Momma Eagle,” was let go from Lindblom Math and Science Academy after twenty years. She was somebody who college students mentioned stepped up and led the college when different principals abruptly left in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our junior yr, Ms. Fitzpatrick-Carpenter carried the load of our faculty on her again,” senior and pupil board president Shelby Holloway advised CBS 2’s Steven Graves final week.
Dozens of Lindblom college students walked out throughout first interval on Monday to protest Fitzpatrick-Carpenter’s dismissal, as dad and mom and alumni cheered them on.
The Lindblom group discovered of Fitzpatrick-Caprenter’s dismissal in a letter from newly-hired principal Abdul Muhammad, who mentioned the college is “saying farewell” to her.
A follow-up e mail from Fitzpatrick-Carpenter mentioned it was not her selection to go away.
Ms. Fitz advised CBS 2 over the telephone she is “heartbroken” and “perplexed” as the brand new administration introduced in its personal employees. She mentioned she desires to come back again as her coronary heart is with the youngsters.
College students and alumni at Lindblom made it clear Monday they imagine Ms. Fitz ought to have been allowed to remain, whilst the brand new principal introduced in his personal employees.
“We did have one assistant principal slot open. So he may have compromised and introduced on one among his assistant principals whereas leaving Ms. Fitzpatrick-Carpenter,” Holloway mentioned.
“We’re voicing our concern. It is a lot of scholars out right here at this time, and Mr. Muhammad is inside. He is aware of what’s occurring. He is aware of what is going on on. He is aware of that the scholar physique isn’t on his facet,” senior Patrick Howebowen mentioned.
“That is their mother. She raised them. The rationale why you see all this Lindblom tradition, you hear all this swoop, you hear all this ardour, is as a result of folks like her instilled it into us,” Lindblom alumnus PParis Jackson mentioned.
The scholars who walked out Monday morning spent about an hour protesting earlier than returning to the college, in order to not miss their first interval. They mentioned they’ve signed a petition asking for Ms. Fitz to be reinstated, and plan to talk up at an upcoming faculty board assembly.
Lindblom college students have been talking out about Ms. Fitz’s removing since final week.
“It is actually hurtful, particularly when you know the way a lot they care about you,” senior Arielle Warner advised CBS 2’s Steven Graves final week.
One other senior, Kennedy Ross, mentioned “We name her Momma Eagle, as a result of she was actually like our mother.”
Ross has been with “Ms. Fitz,” as she’s identified, since she was 12 years outdated. She came upon the assistant principal was being changed, like most individuals, by means of a letter from a newly-hired principal Abdul Muhammad.
College students mentioned the help goes deep. As information hit the group, dad and mom and alumni spoke up in outrage and plan to come back stroll out as properly to get their beloved administrator again.
“We simply need Ms. Fitzpatrick again,” Holloway mentioned.
Ross added, “She is the glue that holds this constructing collectively.”
In an announcement, Chicago Public Faculties mentioned the district “entrusts our principals to create a constructive surroundings for college students and employees. Principals work with District leaders as they develop their staffing selections nevertheless it’s in the end as much as every principal to develop their workforce and decide the best way to finest use their assets.”