Dismissed Maplewood principal allegedly struck student

Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 1:18pm

Two weeks after allegedly striking a student to break up a fight, Maplewood High School Principal Erika Williams was notified this week her contract won’t be renewed with the school district.

Williams, who arrived at Maplewood this past school year, was among hundreds of Metro employees who had their jobs terminated this week for either performance or state-licensure reasons, marking the annual period of school turnover.

Williams could not be reached for comment.

Metro schools spokeswoman Olivia Brown said the district earlier this month placed Williams on administrative leave after someone alleged the principal struck a student while breaking up a fight between classmates.

Brown said the district has been unable to confirm or deny the allegations. She was unable to say whether the allegations came from students, staff or another party.

Brown said “many factors” went into the decision to not retain Williams, and that it is not solely related to the allegations.

“That investigation has not been concluded,” Brown said. “We don’t discuss those personnel matters. But for a variety of reasons –– this is her first year in the district and at Maplewood –– the district has notified her that her contract will not be renewed this year.

“We will be looking for a replacement for Maplewood,” she added.

With Williams’ exit, Maplewood will have its third principal in three years, creating unstable leadership for a school that has historically struggled to meet federal No Child Left Behind benchmarks.

Prior to Williams’ arrival, Maplewood’s principal was Julie Williams –– no relationship to Erika. The Tennessee Department of Education had hand-selected Julie Williams and installed her at the school as a result of Maplewood’s failing NCLB status.

Julie Williams is widely credited with helping turn Maplewood’s status to “good standing,” but she left last year to take a job at Belmont University, opening the door for Erika Williams.

8 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 5/19/11 at 3:46

The animals control it all. Principal gets fired. Student gets to giggle. You have to admire anyone that wants to work bad enough to be in one of these Davidson County highs schools.

By: NewYorker1 on 5/19/11 at 4:25

Ohhhhh... these poor kids. They are so fragile these days that they can't be disciplined like we were back during the days when had respect for our teachers, principals, parents, and elderly. I say let them do whatever they want to do and don't follow any rules so that our tax dollars will eventually take good care of them in our lovely prisons where they get three meals a day, cable TV, a comfortable bed, healthcare, etc.

Mrs. Williams, you are much better off NOT working in the Metro schools. They did you a favor girlfriend. If you want to teach, go teach at a community college or a University where the students actually want to learn.

By: pswindle on 5/19/11 at 4:25

The students win again. And you think that we do not need collective bargaining? I know what this prinicipal and teachers go through. My hat is off to you.

By: fdanshep on 5/20/11 at 5:51

Put a fence around it- I mean a bigger fence! Bring in "Snake" Plissken (Kurt Russell) as the principal and in 24 hours he will have it cleaned up. Or if "Escape from Maplewood" is not what you want, keep doing what you're doing with the inmates running the place.

By: BigPapa on 5/20/11 at 9:20

Again pswindle you miss the boat badly.. See if market forces were allowed to dictate teacher pay then a job at Maplewood would pay MORE.
Maybe they do need to look for someone with a history in corrections rather than a education background. Just a thought.

By: ididntdoit on 5/20/11 at 4:52

BigPapa: "See if market forces were allowed to dictate teacher pay then a job at Maplewood would pay MORE."

It's a public school...that's funny. "Market forces" assume that a product (education) is in demand by a customer (student). You think the kids that cause problems WANT that product? Let's just pretend the parents are the customers. Do you really believe the parents of these problem-kids care where their kids go to school, or IF they go to school, and if they receive a quality education? Now, let's pretend the customers can and will pay a premium for a quality product. Oh yeah, it's a public school, and their customers all have the same amount of money to spend.......market forces ....... hahahahaha. You're funny, BigPapa!

By: richgoose on 5/21/11 at 7:51

Ididntdoit...........BIGPAPA sometimes is not in tune with something beyond his bias.

By: cheerchic12 on 5/24/11 at 5:25

Let me first start off by saying that we (the students at Maplewood) are NOT animals of any sort!!!!!!! I'm a proud student MHS!!! Correction this will be our 2nd principal, Dr. Julie B Williams was our leader, who led us to good standing, for 3 wonderful years. I've been in Magnet schools my entire life, attending Maplewood has been a great experience. In a public school kids are allowed to be kids! We did not run Ms. Williams off personally she just didn't have a strong hand! We have had plenty of leaders that have came out of retirement this past year that have made a bigger impact on the lives of teenagers at my school.Campus Security is more involved and worried about OUR well being and education! Ms. Williams came in at the wrong time. It was too late. She started off on the wrong foot. She started at the end of the summer, forced parents to buy new school uniforms thats was not apart of their budget, and even changed the dress code!
Maplewood had lost the best thing that has ever happened to them (Dr. Williams)! At the same time we also lost Mr. Johnson and Ms.Jenkins. Those 3 wonderful people were Maplewood!! They understood the life the children were living. They understood their trails and tribulations. Maplewood has seemingly been ran by people that care and love Maplewood as a whole. Maplewood Alumni support the school in as many ways as possible.
Students are not too fragile to take discipline. Multiple strikes to the head is not discipline!! my entire family is old school and so are a lot of the other students families. It's just somethings that happened then can't happen now!!! It's not our fault society is the way it is and its definitely not our fault that now-a-days children are taught that if an adult hits you tell your parent! the same day and the day before this situation Ms. Williams promoted no acts of violence but the way she handled the situation was wrong!!!

ALL OF YOU CAN SERIOUSLY NOT MAKE A COMMENT ON THE ACTS OF THE CHILDREN OR STAFF AT MAPLEWOOD YOU DO NOT WALK OUR HALLS EVERYDAY. PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELVES ARE THE REASONS THAT YOUNG BLACK TEENS ACT OUT IN THE 1ST PLACE!!! MINDSET OF MOST TEENS IS THAT THEY SEE THIS WAY SO WHY NOT ACT THAT WAY!! BUT I WILL NOT LET YOUR ANTICS MAKE, SHAPE OR FORM ME INTO TO SOMETHING I'M NOT!! BECAUSE I'M NOT AND NOR WILL I EVER BE AN ANIMAL!!!