HHI High School students rally for principal in hopes to get her back on the job

HHI High School students rally for principal in hopes to get her back on the job

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) - Thursday morning, dozens of people rallied to support Hilton Head Island High School’s principal, hoping to get her back on the job.

Principal Amanda O’Nan is on administrative leave due to an investigation into allegations of misconduct. Documents show the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office was investigating allegations of an adulterous relationship. They believe O’Nan had that relationship with then-deputy Dejaun Holmes in 2016.

The rally include students and parents who were united in their message that they want O’Nan back on the job. Students say they don’t care about the allegations.

“I’m here because she has been the best principal I’ve ever had, and I believe that she is worth fighting for, and I believe that she deserves all these people to come together and support her,” said Samantha Geltz, Senior, Hilton Head Island High School.

A petition made its way through the crows to gather support to present to school district leaders in an effort to support O’Nan.

“It has nothing to do with her being a principal,” said parent, Jennifer Palmer. “It has nothing to do with what she does at school, so I don’t understand why it’s an issue.”

Here’s why it’s an issue. O’Nan is in a public leadership position, and the Beaufort County School System is investigating allegations of improper conduct that may be tied to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office investigation where a deputy admitted to sexual activity with O’Nan at the high school.

Students in attendance say regardless of her actions that may be against school code, against her contract, and illegal, they’re only focusing on her positive contributions to the school.

WTOC will keep you updated on the Board’s decision on Principal O’Nan’s future.

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