GREENVILLE CO., S.C. (WSPA) — Reena Watson announced her resignation this week after serving as the principal at Blue Ridge High School for 16 years.
She announced to the district and to Blue Ridge High School that she will be leaving her position at the end of the school year.
Watson is ending her time at the school amid a petition, started by a Blue Ridge student, according to the district.
The petition started March 17. It states that “she continues as she has over the years to let children run rampant and more and more assaults continue to happen under her authority.”
The petition was started the same day a 14-year-old student at Blue Ridge High School was arrested. The Greenville County Sheriffs Office said the student hit another student in the back of the head with a chair.
“I signed it because she doesn’t need to be there if she’s not going to care for the students,” said Jamie Lawrence, a parent. “Not just for her. It’s the whole faculty. Most of the faculty doesn’t want confrontation. They don’t want to protect the kids.”
The district has responded with a written statement.
“Regarding the online petition, Greenville County Schools does not make decisions regarding employment for a principal, or any other employee based on unsubstantiated statements made in an online forum,” the statement read. “Any potential issues would have to be reported to the district so they can be properly investigated.”
The school district said it appreciates Watson’s dedication to the Blue Ridge community and wishes her all the best in her next steps.
7News reached out to Watson for a comment. She has not yet responded.