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

The principal of Douglass High School has been suspended with pay as Oklahoma City Public Schools officials continue to investigate allegations of cheating and fraud.

Former students and staff members accused Brian Staples of fixing grades and hiding absences.

Deputy Superintendent Sandra Park announced his suspension Wednesday afternoon.

“A majority of the allegations were unfounded,” Park said. “However, we are continuing our investigation.”

A group of former teachers and students, along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, first brought the allegations against Staples to the Oklahoma City School Board in June.

The district hired an independent attorney to investigate the claims, Park said.

“We take the results of this ongoing investigation seriously,” Park said.

A team of administrators will run Douglass High School during Staples’s suspension. Members of the team have not been announced.

Park declined to say which accusations panned out and which were false.

In documents given to the school board, former teachers and students accuse Staples of committing and allowing inappropriate behaviors at Douglass, 900 N Martin Luther King Ave. Here are some excerpts from affidavits from given to the board:

Former social studies teacher Cory Tye: “I was instructed by Brian Staples and his staff to not give out homework and make copies of the chapter because students didn’t need to do homework. ... I was instructed by Dr. Staples to pass all students no matter what.”

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