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Principal vs PTO text messages: parents demand to be informed

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Westhaven Elementary is being rebuilt, but some parents are saying relationships need to be rebuilt.

Parents are saying even though the school is not open yet, communication between them and administrators is off to a rocky start.

Two years ago Bridget Bradley protested to keep Westhaven Elementary School from being closed. Since then, she has been elected as PTO president and said she has been the voice of concerned parents.

"He said he would always be open and communicate with us," Bradley said.

Even though the dust has not even settled on the new building, Bradley said there is already a snag.

"So now the lies and deceit have started," she said.

Bradley said after reaching out to the school's principal, Rodney Rowan, about the concerns parents have about the special education program, she received a shocking response.

"So today, he sends me a response saying I am harassing him," Bradley said.

Bradley showed WMC Action News 5 four lengthy text messages she sent Rowan. In the most recent text, Bradley confronted Rowan on the hiring of special education teachers and asked why parents had not heard from him. After a month of reaching out to him, she said Rowan sent her a message back saying "if this continues, he will go to the police station to press harassment charges."

A parent of a special education student at the school said all they want is communication from the principal.

"If he could communicate with us, let us know what is going on," Yana Bradshaw said.

Bradshaw said she is one of the parents who wants more information from the administration, and is not getting it.

Bradley said the parents deserve to be kept informed about what is going on in the school and with their children.

"He was not here walking up and down the streets to save this school, we did," Bradley said.

WMC Action News 5 reached out to Principal Rowan for a comment, but received no response. We also reached out to Shelby County Schools for a comment, but did not receive a response from them either. 

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