Wilson, the former vice principal of Rancho Bernardo High School,
in suburban San Diego, achieved her 15 minutes of notoriety earlier
this year by too thoroughly investigating suspected "inappropriate
underwear," i.e., thongs, at a school dance. (For background
story, read "Of Thugs and
This week, Wilson got another unwanted turn in the news barrel by being demoted to a teaching position at an undetermined district school, according to Copley News Service. Wilsons attorney says she will sue for reinstatement.
Wilson has tenure, which guarantees her a teaching position until retirement. School district officials apparently rejected firing her for fear of the cost of a wrongful termination suit, even though the districts search and seizure policy prohibits "removing or arranging [a students] clothing for a visual inspection of underclothing, breasts, buttocks or genitalia."
That language is quite specific. Given the number of eyewitnesses to Wilsons little investigatory frolic, including an on-duty police officer, one wonders what constitutes cause these days. Oh, sorry, we forgot. Zero tolerance is applied only to students.
School officials took no action against Natalie Johnson, the schools counselor, who participated in Wilsons action. She was only following orders.
School officials do plan to establish a commission to review policies and training for school dances (even though they claim Wilson had received five years of training on how to properly conduct searches). Commissions being almost as beloved as parades, that rush to responsibility will certainly fix things right up.June 20, 2002