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Principal under fire over Army badges

There seems to be a lot of parents, students, and faculty vocal on this story's topic. 

Do you feel this principal misrepresented his military career?   Do you think it matters if he did?   Do you feel this principal's image as a mentor and example is compromised?

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According to the article, he did not earn two of the badges and claimed that he thought he did....and the other two have yet to be proven by the army. I agree that a slap on the wrist seems like a weak conclusion to this problem. Yes, he did a lot of good things for the school, but he got to where he is due to his fabricated accomplishments, and that is not a good thing. People have quit over this, and those still employed are also vocal about it. Why are they covering this up and allowing him to stay? They need to set an example that this behavior is not acceptable.

I say let the PCSB give him two weeks kitchen duty with no pay, obviously peeling potatoes.... Then let the military determine the reduction in pay, loss of rank or other suitable punishment. I dont think it warrants termination unless the military determines he actually knew the badges were not awarded and they bring forth criminal charges and he is found guilty. It sounds like he is doing a fine job otherwise, spank him as an example and for that he will become a better leader. If those below his command quit or refuse his orders (since they cant face court marshal and execution) then they have the option to quit. Let them become quiters, those who stay and fight hard show the students a true example of the determination it takes to win!

 

   

Please remember that this article was written to sell newspapers--and therefore to be as sensational as possible. There is much more information that is not covered in the story, including information that Col. Butler furnished to the reporter, as well about those who supposedly quit over this issue, that might have presented a more balanced and factual story. Unfortunately, it sems that either the reporter did not care to do all of the research on his sources, or felt that it was appropriate to leave that information out. Either way, Summerlin Academy is an amazing school with a faculty and student body that is dedicated to seeing our school and students succeed.

As a decorated Vietnam Vet I strongly despise phony's It is a slap in the face of all who serve and served so that he can be free to be an idiot. He knew it was wrong and he can't tell me he didn't know. All service members of all branches of the service are taught well how you earn certain badges.medals and ribbons.Upon graduation your Commanding Officer will present you with the proper credentials authorizing you to wear the patch,ribbon or Medal.If he were active he would be reprimanded and could face loss of pay,rank or discharge depending on the severity of the violation.   

The Polk County School Board and the military are not one and the same - even the Army ROTC instructors are retired military nco's or officers employed by the PCSB. Col (Hon) Butler's educational credentials are the only ones that are pertinent to his position as principal of Summerlin Academy. He is a certified teacher and has fulfilled the requirements to hold the position of principal, or he would not be where he is. His military achievements (or lack thereof) have no bearing on his status as principal, any more than they would at Bartow High School, or Lakeland High School, or any high school in Polk County. He has not gained any benefit that he would not have earned at any other school in the district. The School Board has already investigated the charges against him when the first letter was circulated some months ago. Their decision is on record and was quoted in the Ledger article. Butler is not an military employee any longer, and the military had no decision on his hiring or discipline. The employees who resigned, and the one "vocal employee" quoted in the article have other issues that where not brought to light in the article; however, their personnel files are public records that anyone can access, just as the reporter did with Butler's records.

Summerlin Principal: Honor Matters to Academy

This topic looks hard to die as many are still speaking of it.

As the young Cadet has answered and as I have answered he is a fake. He still could face trouble from Veterans Organizations. Stolen Valor goes a long way.

Summerlin Principal Butler Demoted

I have to say, I'm pretty surprised by the change of heart by the school board.  Are you, too?

Was this the right decision in your opinion?

The School Board did not have a change of heart. Once again, the reporter for the Ledger is stirring the pot without checking his facts. Mr. Butler requested to be re-assigned in the best interests of Summerlin Academy and the cadets, as apparently this was never going to be allowed to die down until he did so. The unrelenting sensationalism by the Ledger reporter, instigated by disgruntled former instructors, made what was an unfortunate situation into a media circus. Whatever happened to fair and unbiased reporting? Why hasn't anyone from the Ledger "investigated" the former employees to see why they are FORMER employees? Doesn't anyone wonder at the timing of these allegations? The military "scorched earth" tactics are all too evident - and the cadets and staff of Summerlin Academy are the ones who have to live with it.

What Mr. Freeman said pretty much sums up my thoughts on the matter. (except I'm not a veteran) I have no sympathy for someone who wears or displays military badges or awards who didn't earn them. He was representing a military themed academy who's focus is supposed to be on Honor Leadership Scholorship and Citizenship.

From Summerlin's own brochure:

Summerlin Cadets adhere to a strict honor

code that is simply stated “A Cadet does

not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerates anyone

that does.”

Doug Freeman said:

As a decorated Vietnam Vet I strongly despise phony's It is a slap in the face of all who serve and served so that he can be free to be an idiot. He knew it was wrong and he can't tell me he didn't know. All service members of all branches of the service are taught well how you earn certain badges.medals and ribbons.Upon graduation your Commanding Officer will present you with the proper credentials authorizing you to wear the patch,ribbon or Medal.If he were active he would be reprimanded and could face loss of pay,rank or discharge depending on the severity of the violation.   

 

It is a beautiful campus no doubt.   I'm hoping for a smooth transition and positive future for Summerlin.  

Lakeland Mom said:

And Summerlin gets the big, beautiful new building with all the trappings...NICE

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