Oklahoma City's Douglass High School principal suspended as investigation continues

Brian Staples is accused of fixing grades and hiding absences and the Oklahoma City District school
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Staff Writer ccoppernoll@opubco.com Modified: October 11, 2012 at 8:29 am •  Published: October 11, 2012

Kanda Barnes, a 2011 graduate: “During the school term 2010-2011, both fall and spring, I did not have a 12th grade English class. This class is a requirement for graduation. Dr. Brian Staples gave me a C both semesters for my 12th grade English class. Dr. Brian Staples suggested a student to take my Algebra class online for me. This was a difficult class for me. The Assistant Principal Ms. Cox called her into her office. I paid her $100 and $150 more after completion. My freshman math grades had been switched previous from two F’s to two C’s by Dr. Staples. ... “

Former teacher Annita Lewis: “I have documentation showing, per semester, students with excessive absence and tardies which had a significantly negative impact on that student’s grade. However, the student’s grade does not reflect this information within the Douglass grade system.”

Earlier this month, officials confirmed complaints against Staples were filed with the U.S. Department of Education.

“The Office of Inspector General is aware of the allegations and we are reviewing it,” Public Affairs Liaison Catherine Grant said.

“That’s all we can say at this time.”


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