Yesterday morning we read in the Register-Star about an altercation between high school co-principals Steven Spicer and Tom Gavin in which Gavin allegedly threatened Spicer with bodily harm in the hallway during a Board of Education meeting. This morning we can read about the possibility that Steven Spicer may replace the retiring Carol Gans as the principal of John L. Edwards, the district's primary school: "Spicer in the running for JLE principal."
While taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief that the school district may not be contemplating elevating yet another person to the highly paid status of administrator and Jack Howe may have found a convenient way to defuse the untenable and, it would now seem, volatile situation created by the "co-principal" scheme that gave Gavin a job after the Alternative Learning Program was scrapped, if Spicer goes to JLE, who ends up being the principal of Hudson High School?
In yesterday's Register-Star article, a quote from Mary Udell blames Gavin for the problems of violence in the high school: "After witnessing Gavin’s dropping of the coat, Udell said, 'This man [Gavin] does not belong in this school. All this stuff [in-school violence] was when Mr. Spicer was in the hospital. . . .'" A comment by Spicer quoted in the article--the one that seems to have incited Gavin--also implies his culpability: “'Let’s enforce the code of conduct. Kids don’t understand—if you let them break rules, they don’t understand you can’t break other rules. There has to be one rule for everybody.'”
If Spicer can't be absent from the high school for three weeks without things descending into chaos, how will this story end?