Cleveland Heights principal put on leave for panic during drill - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Cleveland Heights principal put on leave for panic during drill

Posted: Updated:
Principal Johnetta Wiley Principal Johnetta Wiley
CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

What was supposed to be a school safety video turned into panic for several people at Cleveland Heights High School.

"What was on their mind and why wasn't everybody notified about it," asked parent Grover Carter.

The incident happened on April 2, 2014 at 7 a.m. before classes and was an example of a breakdown in communication.
   
Part of the safety video included an announcement that there was "a gunman in the building", but some didn't hear that prior announcement and ran out the building in fear thinking an actual gunman was on campus.
 
 "It's a lot of things happening these days with schools and the guns and stuff like that," Carter said.

 Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District released a statement:
 
While it was well-intended, there was clearly insufficient communication about this project beforehand, with the result that some teachers and staff were understandably distressed.
   
School principal Johnetta Wiley was put on administrative leave during the investigation.
 
"I think it's important to be explicit and clear," said an unidentified parent. "When making announcements, particularly if they are of a sensitive nature, you want to begin with the basics."

We're told the principal apologized and cleared up the confusion immediately.

Like 19 Action News on Facebook for the latest news, weather, sports and giveaways.

Copyright 2014 WOIO. All rights reserved. 

Powered by WorldNow