ROWLAND — The Sheriff’s Office is investigating a complaint that the principal of Southside-Ashpole Elementary School assaulted a student.
Dacia Bullard is in her fourth year as the principal of the school, which is in Rowland
“We received a complaint on a principal,” said Randall Graham, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office, on Friday. “It came from parents, citizen advocates and the NAACP. The juvenile division is investigating it as we speak. The complaint stated that the principal grabbed and shook the student.”
Other details, including the date of the alleged incident, the name and age of the student who is the alleged victim, were not made available to The Robesonian.
Twelve parents previously filed written complaints with the local chapter of NAACP in November accusing Bullard of “discrimination, retaliation, unfair treatment, denial and refusal of parental involvement, and the unprofessional conduct of a school administrator.” The complaints were aired before the Board of Education of the Public Schools of Robeson County at its December meeting.
A parent told the school board at the time that good teachers had left the school because of Bullard, and that some students had transferred to other schools.
Tasha Oxendine, public relations director for the school system, issued the following statement when contacted by The Robesonian on Friday: “This issue in question is being reviewed externally and we have no information to share.”
Bullard was a teacher from 1992 to 1999, and served as an assistant principal for about six years, including a total of about three years at Union Chapel, Prospect and elementary schools and Townsend Middle School. She was principal at Janie C. Hargrave Elementary School for two years, and has been principal of Southside Ashpole School since 2009.