This month's dilemma:
Backing Off a Public VowScenario:
Two girls, one white and one black, have a ferocious fight in a high school hallway. The white girl is severely beaten. The school staff is outraged, as are the victim's parents. The principal suspends the black girl and turns over to the superintendent the question of further consequences, as required by policy. The principal also vows, before the superintendent has ruled, that if the aggressor is returned to school, he will resign. The superintendent, after gathering facts and holding a hearing, believes that a suspension of six months is justified. What do you do, however, with the public declaration by an excellent principal that he will resign if the girl returns?Read our panelists' responses here.