MCS Asst. Superintendent apologizes for "bullying" principals - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MCS Asst. Superintendent apologizes for "bullying" principals

By Nick Kenney - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis City Schools acknowledged Wednesday that Assistant Superintendent Irving Hamer sent an e-mail to district principals to apologize for bullying them.

Hamer sent an internal memo to city schools' principals apologizing for any bullying, threatening or demeaning language he may have directed at them during a recent meeting.

An Action News 5 open records request for the e-mail has not yet been fulfilled.

The Commercial Appeal said several unidentified principals told the paper Hamer is much nicer than he used to be. They said he has been known to tell them to go "flip burgers" if they do not like the direction MCS is taking.

The school board members Action News 5 contacted for comment either declined or failed to return messages.

The district declined an interview but said Hamer very much believes in MCS students and is very passionate, and that sometimes his passion can be misinterpreted.

This is not the first time Hamer has come under scrutiny. An Action News 5 investigation uncovered a taxpayer taxi in Hamer's morning carpool with a school security officer. He has also had to answer questions about students in class without textbooks.

The MCS administrative staff is currently in limbo. The charter surrender could have a major effect on its future. Election day is next Tuesday.

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