Saturday, December 16, 2017
Education

Pasadena principal sticks to his word, lets students tape him to the wall

You would think an elementary school principal would know better. Early in the school year, Pasadena Fundamental Elementary School principal Daniel Brennan casually told some third-graders about another principal getting duct taped to a wall. Sheep to the wolves. They had a promise out of him in no time. If they were best in the district on the FCAT he would do it too.

When test scores were released last week, they came through with the top reading performance of any elementary school in the county -- with 92 percent of third graders scoring at or above proficient. Oops.

Friday Brennan, a man of his word, made good. After the last bell, he stepped into a chest high mob, all armed with 12 to 20 inch strips of duct tape.

"We're going to ambush him," one boy squealed.

"No above the neck and no hands right?" Brennan asked. He looked nervous. You would think an elementary school principal would know better. The mob surrounded him. Game on.

But it was all in fun. With the exception of one teacher who violated the no-duct-tape-above-the-neck rule by taping his mouth, everyone behaved. One little sweetie even made him a duct tape bow tie.

Twenty sticky minutes of heckling later, you would think an elementary school principal would have learned his lesson.

"I'll have to come up with some other challenge for next year for them," he said, "but it's going to be a little more challenging than just the top in the district. You gotta raise the bar every year."

So would he eat worms?

"I'm not eating worms. I don't know if I'm man enough for that yet," he said, "and none of the Harry Potter type of treats; the grasshoppers, the jumping chocolate frogs … and I might draw the line at kissing a pig."

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