Time for vice-prin­ci­pal to go, say some par­ents

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JIM DAY THE GUARDIAN

Some par­ents are call­ing for a Char­lot­te­town vice-prin­ci­pal to be booted out of school af­ter the man pleaded guilty to ha­rass­ment charges.

“I can’t imag­ine any par­ent want­ing him to re­main in the education sys­tem here,’’ says a mother of two stu­dents at­tend­ing Stonepark In­ter­me­di­ate School.

The woman says her daugh­ter was “out­raged’’ to learn of vi­ceprin­ci­pal Gre­gory Camp­bell’s crim­i­nal con­duct.

Campbe l l pleaded guilty in pro­vin­cial court last week to two counts of crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment.

His vic­tim tes­ti­fied in court last Wed­nes­day that af­ter end­ing her re­la­tion­ship with Camp­bell, the ed­u­ca­tor em­barked on an ob­ses­sive cam­paign to com­mu­ni­cate with her and rekin­dle the re­la­tion­ship.

Lit­tle more than two hours into the first day of the trial, Camp­bell pleaded guilty to one crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment charge that deals with re­peat­edly com­mu­ni­cat­ing with the vic­tim. When the se­cond day of the trial re­sumed Fri­day, Camp­bell pleaded guilty to a se­cond crim­i­nal ha­rass­ment charge that dealt with re­peat­edly fol­low­ing the vic­tim.

The Crown stayed a breach of un­der­tak­ing charge.

Pro­vin­cial court Judge John Dou­glas or­dered a pre-sen­tence re­port be pre­pared for a sen­tenc­ing hear­ing on March 8.

Par­ents of stu­dents at­tend­ing Stonepark In­ter­me­di­ate want the school and/or school board to deal with Camp­bell now.

One mother ex­pects the vi­ceprin­ci­pal to be re­moved from the school, but she is not sure of the process in­volved.

“It con­cerns me but I’m sure they’re tak­ing care of it,’’ she said.

“My own per­sonal feel­ing,’’ added a woman as she waited out­side Stonepark In­ter­me­di­ate to pick up two grand­chil­dren, “is no, he should not be teach­ing at the present time.’’

One father of two chil­dren at­tend­ing the school, how­ever, said he would be com­fort­able with Camp­bell car­ry­ing on in his cur­rent ca­pac­ity at the school, which (at least in the past) in­cluded teach­ing a healthy re­la­tion­ship pro­gram.

While some par­ents said they be­lieve Camp­bell is on leave, The Guardian has been un­able to learn his of­fi­cial sta­tus with the school.

Su­per­in­ten­dent of Education for the English Lan­guage School Board Cyn­thia Fleet said since it’s a per­son­nel mat­ter, she is not able to pro­vide com­ment.

Stonepark In­ter­me­di­ate prin­ci­pal Nor­man Beck also de­clined com­ment.

Camp­bell’s home num­ber has been dis­con­nected.

He was ei­ther not home or re­fused to an­swer the buzzer when The Guardian vis­ited his apart­ment Mon­day af­ter­noon look­ing to ask some ques­tions.


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