St. Johns Middle School V.P. Put On Leave After Incident

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

ST. JOHNS (WILX)- St. Johns Middle School Vice Principal Bryan Purves has been put on administrative leave for an incident involving a student a little more than a week ago.

"All I heard was he got in a confrontation with a student," said St. John's High School student Tyler Yaw.

News fly fast in a small town like St. Johns, and some can't believe what they're hearing.

"I've known him a little from the school because my children went there, said Dean Mazzolini. It's been a few years now but he always seems to be a professional and do a nice job in my opinion."

Parents in the district told us they've heard Bryan Purves shoved a high school student during a confrontation at the Middle School.

The School District Superintendent and School Board President are neither confirming or denying that Purves had an incident that involved a student on the Middle School grounds here. The reason why Purves is on paid leave is still under investigation.

"I can't give you details, said St. Johns Superintendent Dr. Ken Ladouceur. Right now I couldn't predict the outcome of the situation. I've had experiences like this before with other staff member and other situations to work through."

Purves hasn't been fired, he could be back to his job next week.

"It is my understanding that our attorney and Mr. Purves's attorney are talking at this time. They could reach a settlement or we could have a hearing in front of the school board," said School Board President William Tennant.

Parents have been notified, and Mr. Purves's administrative duties have been taken over by other staff members in the building.

"A letter went out a week ago, informing of the changes and ensuring adequate supervision is given to their children," said Ladouceur.

Friends of Purves hope that the situation will be dealt with quickly.

"Anytime you have to discipline 500-800 kids you're going to have a situation. I think between the Superintendent, Board and him they'll get it worked out," said Mazzolini.

We'll be sure to keep you updated on what the school district decides.

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  • by Markj Location: flint on Mar 22, 2013 at 06:43 AM
    There should also be consequences for the student. As it stands, any student can start a fight with staff and get them suspended or discharged. The students know this fact and use it.
  • by Jen Location: Location on Mar 19, 2013 at 04:56 AM
    My child knows the student that Mr. Purves shoved and he said that the student in question is a trouble maker. My son had a run in with this hoodlam last year and he is not surprised at all by this. I have had nothing but positive interactions with Mr. Purves when it came to my son.
  • by Name Location: Location on Feb 26, 2013 at 12:46 PM
    Anyone.......How long has he been VP there?
  • by Adam Location: St. Johns on Feb 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM
    Mr. Purves has always treated my children with nothing but respect. I hope the truth comes out as to what happened I talked to a few kids who witnessed the confrontation from start to finish and Mr. Purves is getting thrown under the bus here. I have never ever worried about the safety of my children when he was there to watch over them and protect them. But then again my children treat him with respect so maybe we need to address that issue first. Bring back Purves!
  • by Bob Location: Laingsburg on Feb 25, 2013 at 07:39 AM
    Contrary to popular belief in today’s society, school is not a day care. If parents don’t care if their children behave, then who should if not the staff? The sky is falling over a shove..
  • by Ken Andersen Location: St. Johns on Feb 25, 2013 at 07:26 AM
    What's the big deal here?? If a kid gets out of line, they should be dealt with appropriately. If that means tripping or putting a kid in a headlock, sobeit. I remember when my Principle slapped me across the face for hogging the merry-go-round at recess. When I got home, my Dad asked me what happened and after I told him, he clocked me one as well.......I survived. Kids really like to run their mouths these days and weak-minded parents back them up. Time to take it back old school on these hoodlums!
  • by Jane Location: SJ on Feb 22, 2013 at 05:52 PM
    This doesn't surprise me one bit, having dealt with him since I was in middle school myself and now my child deals with him too. He has always been verbally aggressive in his dealings with students and very condescending towards parents. He especially likes to single out children that have underlying issues and make examples of them. I'm glad he finally got caught. Hopefully justice will finally be served.
  • by James Location: Lansing on Feb 22, 2013 at 04:47 PM
    All this uproar over a shove? Students should consider themselves lucky they live in this day and age. Not too long ago, you would get beat with a paddle if you so much as looked at the principle wrong. Kids these days have no clue.
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