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Woodrow Wilson Principal Hospitalized

Wilson High School principal Peter Cahall was taken to the hospital for observation earlier today after complaining of chest pains. Deputy D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Crosswhite said the pains developed while Cahall was breaking up a fight at the Northwest D.C. school. DCPS spokeswoman Jennifer Calloway confirmed that Cahall was transported to a hospital, but that his condition was "unrelated to this incident" and that he has since been released. Calloway also confirmed the altercation and said MPD and Office of School Security are investigating.

By Bill Turque  |  August 28, 2009; 5:22 PM ET
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I hope this principal feels better soon. It's a sad shame but a female principal last year was assaulted by a student who punched her in her face. The school system swept it under the rug, MPD made no arrest and now she's another principal who's gone on Rhee's watch. But supposedly schools are more peaceful now? Whatever!!

Posted by: southyrndiva | August 29, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Where is the report on the altercation? There was a gang fight at lunch. DC police were there and the school was put on lockdown.

Posted by: indianz | August 29, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Take it from me, get you're children out of DCPS a.s.a.f.p.
Do something, anything, including home-schooling them.
The schools are beyond repair and nothing good or positive goes on there.


Especially you upper Northwest liberals who can afford to send your children elsewhere.
Unless you are in the upper nth percentile in parenting there is likelyhood your children will be at a disadvantage as a result of exposure to this f------ s---t hole of a school system.

Pure apathy.

Posted by: eddiemacs | August 29, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

With Fenty and Rhee running things, what do you expect? This is how Fenty runs DCPS, he puts Rhee in there, tells her his MAIN priority is to get rid of the teachers union (just like he’s trying to do with the police dept and every other union group in the city) and that's all he’s concerned with. We can tell. Even the beautiful football fields that have all come to pass are not his doing. That was in the works before he took office. He just got to take credit for it.


WHO CARES about some stupid football fields when the same destructive children are allowed to come into the buildings and threaten teachers, cut class, sell drugs and commit crimes? And then you have Rhee threatening principles that if they expel too many kids for their bad behavior, they will get fired! Gotta keep the numbers up right?

If for two years straight, you suspended or expelled kids that were caught breaking the rules, in two years time, you would have a whole bunch of kids saying “Oh hell no! I’m not doing that. I might get put out.” Instead… what you have now is a bunch of high schools full of kids who say “I can do whatever I want and the wont do nothing!”

And now even Rhee has given up on handling the problem because she needs the numbers but doesn’t know what else to do so what is she doing?????? Turning over the schools to outside management! What in the hell does she think that says for her and the Mayors management abilities? You should both fire yourselves!

Posted by: my2centsis | August 29, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

my2centsis on point with this school stuff. Could it be that you are one of DC's finest - old school for MPD officer? Many of them are assigned to the schools and do their very best to keep the schools safe. The New Leaders often fail to treat them with respect or acknowledge their presence in the schools. Sadly, they don't understand the partnership the two agencies formed sometime ago.

I think you are right about the suspensions. The new rules will leave room for many students to challenge the teachers and administrators. It is my belief that Ms. Rhee and her "band of gypsies" didn't really follow the procedures for suspensions that were already in place when they arrived in town.

How many students along with their parents were given an opportunity to have a hearing? How many parents were actually notified about their childs suspension? Were real up-to-date assignments given to students when they were suspended? Were suspension days aligned with the suspension levels and the same for the offenses?

A tremendous amount of time and effort went into developing the guidelines for suspensions. They were also reviewed periodically by Student Services and administrators were given workshop sessions on suspensions and updates as a reminder to stay within the relms of the law.

Suspensions were never viewed as a means to put children on the street. If a child was suspended under the old guard, they and their parents new it was for a good reason. Time was spent communicating with parents and the student offender. Bonds were formed between parents and administators, which helped the teachers and students experience positive learning environments.

Basically, a tremendous amount of time communicating with parents, exercising patience with students and modeling genuine respect for students, parents and teachers proved to keep suspension rates down. The whole school must practice these principles before a safe and orderly environment can be achieved.

New Leaders don't have it. They work in fear of losing their jobs and march to the drum beat of a clueless leader.

Posted by: shank2sb | August 30, 2009 12:55 AM | Report abuse

First week of school, principal down. Now according to the new rules how many times can they fight before they get suspended? Get well soon Mr.Cahall.

Posted by: candycane1 | August 31, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

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