Outpouring Of Support For Principal Filmed Dragging Student Across Playground
A school principal who was filmed dragging a student by the arm has experienced an outpouring of public support.
Steve Warner, who until recently was principal of Manor Lakes primary in Victoria, was filmed on January 31 dragging a nine-year-old boy by the arm through the playground.
He was stood down over the incident pending an investigation, but in just a few short weeks, almost 15,000 people have come to his support.
A petition asking Victoria Education Minister James Merlino not to fire Warner over "this one isolated incident" attracted more than 14,600 signatures by Tuesday morning.
"Steve's dedication to his school community has been tremendous," the petition reads.
"He has turned this school around with a renewed focus on learning. He ash improved discipline and behaviour across the school and his management has seen many improvements in the school's facilities for students making for a fantastic environment.
"The worst outcome of this situation would be for the school to lose him as the principal and leader. His work has only just started to take effect and there are only good things that could come from him continuing in his role."
Petition author Mark England delivered a copy of the petition to Merlino on Monday, as well as local state MP Tim Pallas.
An education department spokesperson told 10 daily the investigation was being completed as quickly as possible.
“In accordance with established processes, the principal will not be at the school until all investigations are finalised and a decision is made concluding this matter," the spokesperson said.
The matter has also been referred to Victoria Police, who have not yet responded to a request for comment.
Several parents have expressed the view that the video is not the full story.
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