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Supporters of Arrested Assistant Principal Have Message for Community
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 05, 2013 @ 12:04AM
Created on March 04, 2013 @ 11:20PM
The assistant principal at Washington-Irving Middle School in Harrison County has been arrested and charged with felony child abuse or neglect creating risk of injury. Since the incident happened, many have been talking about the school and the man charged. One group's not happy with all the attention the media's given the issue, either.
 
It was a normal board of education meeting Monday, with the exception of the huge group of supporters including parents, faculty, staff, students and friends that showed up to back Brian Scott Hage.
 
They wanted to make one point clear --  they say some members of the community have forgotten kids can easily become defiant and combative. They're also not thrilled about the rumors going around town.
 
"I want to say to each and every one of you in this room, let's go with innocent until proven guilty," said Nikki Henderson, an aide at another school who said the media has portrayed Hage as already convicted.
 
"There is a fine line that teachers are going to have to walk and administrators are going to have to walk as a result of the media attention, the pressing of charges, the action of police, the concern of parents," said Anthony Gigliotti, a teacher.
 
Hage was arrested after an argument with a 15-year-old led to a physical altercation in the cafeteria. 
 
"Everyone's concerned with safety of students. The role of teachers and administration for addressing problems that occur inside the classroom, the hallways and on school ground," explained Gigliotti.
 
Now supporters are asking just how much more teachers are expected to take from students and when enough is enough.
 
"Mr. Hage has been a vital part of my son's education. He went all through WI and Scott has been very supportive of my son," said Henderson.
 
Some faculty, staff and concerns citizens drafted a statement saying, "The faculty of Washington Irving Middle School unquestionably supports Mr. Brian Scott Hage in his action to safely remove and restrain defiant students."

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