A girl was viciously beaten at Northwest High School the same day another student was arrested for bringing a gun onto school property, but school officials did not call 911 nor notify students and parents about the beating incident.
The school did not tell parents or the students about the incident, and Principal Sylvia Morrison refused to answer questions from increasingly frustrated parents at the meeting. Morrison said after the meeting that she could not talk about the assault because she wanted to respect the students' privacy and because police are investigating.
Last May, the MCPS Internal Auditor reported numerous deficiencies in the principal's management of the Independent Activity Fund (IAF), including use of the fund to make personal loans to employees and to purchase gifts for employees. The auditor noted similar misuse of student funds from the IAF in two previous audit reports.
In 2006, Principal Morrison received the Mark Mann Excellence and Harmony Award. The winner of the award is selected by a panel appointed by the superintendent.
“She inspires me in the way she goes about her work,” Superintendent Jerry D. Weast said upon presenting Morrison with the award at the Sept. 20 administrative and supervisory meeting. Children are her passion, Weast noted. “It’s a legacy from her family–– a legacy she has passed on to thousands and thousands of children at one of our largest high schools.”