Criticism grows over Spring principal's inappropriate comment on student

- Controversy continues to swarm the Spring ISD principal who made inappropriate comments about one of her students.

"We will call the police and tell them he has a gun so they can come faster."

That's what Ponderosa Elementary Principal Shanna Swearingen commented about a special needs black student who has a history of running away from school.

After facing criticism, Swearingen issued an apology, but it's falling on deaf ears.

"When you're in a high position like that you have to think about all your students," said Rikesha Lawson a mom in the area. "This is a black area so all the parents I've talk to they are like uh uh, she's got to go."

"This is Spring.Ponderosa is this close to the high school," said local mom Theresa Burton. "There's 1,000 black little kids, I mean you know a lot of us were like terrified."

Spring ISD Superintendent Rodney E. Watson issued a statement Wednesday saying:

As an African-American male and father, I understand the concern we are seeing around the careless and inappropriate comment that was made by our Ponderosa Elementary principal.

 As a school district, it is our policy not to discuss personnel issues so it appears some people have assumed that no action was taken on this issue. That is not the case. I would never let a comment of this nature go unaddressed.

Which should satisfy many parents in the district who were hoping for more training.

"I don't really think she should probably be fired because I understand what everybody saying and she's probably been great for them I just think there [needs to be] some retraining."

Black Lives Matter Houston and SURJ, a national civil rights group, are calling for the termination of Swearingen.

Thursday night, Spring ISD will hold a work session. There's no word yet if this incident will be addressed.

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