Local Principal Reassigned After Teaching Moment About Bullying Backfires

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MEXIA (October 7, 2011)—Mexia Junior High School Principal Judy Holleman, 35, has been reassigned after a campus police officer was slapped.

According to a Mexia ISD police report, two Mexia ISD officers were in Holleman’s office on Sept. 15 when five boys were brought in because of a bullying incident involving a Facebook posting.

The boys told the principal “they were just messing around,” the police report said and Holleman responded that “perception was involved.”

She then slapped one of the officers on the left cheek, turned to the boys, and asked them what she just did, the report said.

One boy responded that she hit the officer and Holleman replied, “that it was his perception” and said “they were just messing around and nothing really happened.”

The slap left a red mark and the outline of a hand on the officer’s cheek, the report said.

The officer declined to press charges and signed a non-prosecution affidavit, the report, and the matter was turned over to district officials to handle as a personnel matter.

The Mexia ISD confirmed she’s no longer the school’s principal and said she has been assigned to another administrative position, but released no further details.

Veteran Mexia ISD administrator Larry Adair was listed as principal on the junior high school’s website Friday.

He has served as teacher, coach, athletic director, executive director of operations, interim assistant high school principal and assistant principal at the junior high and at Mexia Junior High School.

He served as the district’s interim superintendent during the summer of 2008, according to the website.