Dominion High School community plans protest, show of solidarity for principal
John Brewer, who’s been principal of Dominion since the school opened in 2003, has been on leave since Dec. 3. Brian Damron, who served as Dominion’s band director from fall 2012 until January 2015, resigned from a position in a Florida school system Nov. 1 after an internal investigation substantiated claims that he allegedly made sexual advances toward a student, among other inappropriate behavior. Damron made statements about having relationships with former Dominion students and having to leave the school after being accused of sexual harassment, according to an investigative report by Duval County Public School Police.
As first reported by the Times-Mirror, Brewer and Michael Pierson, LCPS music supervisor, wrote letters of recommendation for Damron to prospective employers after the school system reported an alleged incident of inappropriate behavior involving Damron to police in November 2014.
LCPS officials will not tell the public the reason for Brewer’s absence.
Parents organizing the protests in support of Brewer now believe his employment at LCPS has been terminated. Wayde Byard, LCPS public information officer, told the Times-Mirror he will not comment about “personnel matters” when asked if Brewer was fired.
“It appears that Loudoun County Public Schools has recommended termination of Dr. Brewer as Principal of Dominion High School,” reads an update on a Change.org petition in support of Brewer. “As parents and Loudoun County taxpayers we request better communication and full transparency on this matter from our elected officials and school administrators.”
The online petition has nearly 2,000 signatures as of this week. The group plans on organizing outside of the LCPS administration office at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10 to show the School Board support for Brewer.
“The School Board will have the opportunity to review the actions and recommendation of the Superintendent's office to terminate Dr. Brewer as DHS principal,” reads an update on the petition. “We believe this hearing is imminent. Our support is absolutely critical to the outcome of having Dr. Brewer reinstated as our principal.”
The group first protested Brewer’s leave at the School Board’s last meeting Dec. 13.
Duval County Public School Police officials say they did not arrest Damron due to “insufficient probable cause,” though their investigation “substantiated” the accusations. An official from the State Attorney’s Office in Florida would not confirm or deny an investigation into the teacher.
On Dec. 6, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office told the Times-Mirror the department had opened an investigation into Damron.
On Dec. 8, LCPS released a statement about its previous knowledge of allegations against Damron. According to LCPS, the school division reported an “alleged incident” Damron to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in 2014. The investigation didn’t go forward because the incident happened in another county, according to a statement made by LCPS. The school division will not give the public details about the nature of the “alleged incident.”
When LCPS became aware of new allegations against Damron in Florida, the school division says it “promptly” reported the matter to the sheriff's office.
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