Katy, TX News (January 28, 2015) – After being placed on leave, possibly for linking to a Christian website in the Seven Lakes Junior High e-newlsetter, Principal Imelda Medrano has returned to her job. Katy ISD officials were not able to say exactly why the principal was suspended, but stated that Medrano had not been accused of any criminal activity nor any conduct that would risk the safety of the students.
The article included in the newsletter was a warning against the dangers of social media apps and how they can be used by sexual predators to target children.
“Sexual predators can target your children even when your child is in the room down the hall,” it read. “And sexual predators aren’t the only problem. Cyber-bullying and exposures to sexually inappropriate content are additional concerns.”
Katy ISD immediately sent out a mass email to parents, telling them to ignore the article and refer to the district’s policy on bullying, at which time Medrano was placed on leave for sharing content that had not been approved by the district first. Concerned parents started a Facebook page to show support of Medrano and call for her reinstatement.
After an administrative review, the district sent out another email advising that Medrano would return to work the following week.
Superintendent Alton Fraily said, “I appointed Dr. Medrano to open SLJH in 2012 and since then, she has demonstrated successful leadership capacity at the school. She has my full support and confidence as she continues as principal at SLJH.” KM