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Parents Petition To Have Copeland Elementary School's Principal Replaced

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Some Parents at Copeland Elementary School say Principal Kimberly Davis has lost control of the school, and they've signed a petition demanding that she be replaced.

Frank Beckles says his son's glasses were broken when was bullied and Principal Davis failed to do anything about it. So, he took his issues up with the Richmond County Board of Education.

"I spoke with Mrs. Mizorah Ash, who assured me that everything would be taken care of and, of course, it wasn't," Beckles says.

Another parent, Iiesha McClendon, also spoke out against the principal at Copeland Elementary School. She says Davis sent her child home from school, without a write-up, in the car of a faculty member. The outraged mother took the issue straight to the principal.

"The way she talked to me was like I was a two-year-old child," McClendon says.

Like Beckles, McClendon says she then turned to the Richmond County Board of Education, speaking with Deputy Superintendent Tim Spivey, but that appears to be as far as her complaint went.

Richmond County Schools Superintendent Dr. Frank Roberson says this is the first he's heard of these accusations, but that he intends to resolve them. "If there are any issues, I would encourage any credible parent to bring them to my attention. My door is open."

Some teachers also appear to be concerned about how discipline is handled in Richmond County.

A Craigslist posting by someone claiming to be a teacher is titled "Richmond County Teachers Are Not Animal Wranglers". The post accuses the Board of Education of being "clueless" and not telling the truth.

The Board of Education is also dealing with several harrassment suits. Still, the Superintendent says things are under control. "Dr. Roberson, is there a problem in Richmond County schools?" we asked. "There's not a problem in Richmond County Schools," he answered.

Dr. Roberson says he's currently looking into who's behind the Craiglist rant. He also says he cannot speak on the lawsuits because they are still being investigated.

We will continue to follow this story and brgin you the latest information as it becomes available.

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