Mckinley High Principal, Esrom Pitre, is now facing very serious allegations after one year on the job. Teachers and students at the school are accusing him of using fear, intimidation, and retaliation against anyone who criticizes his behavior. He is also being accused of inapropriately touching child and adults.
“Imagine waking up every morning and not want to go to your job because you don’t know what you’re going to experience that day,” said Angela Reams-Brown, president of the Federation of Teachers Association.
Representatives with the Louisiana Association of Educators and the American Federation of Teachers spoke out against Dr. Pitre outside of the EBR School Board Office to put pressure on EBR Superintendent Warren Drake; so that he and school board members can further investigate the numerous allegations made against Dr. Pitre.
“We definitely need to look into what is going on at this school,” said Dr. Tia Mills with the Louisiana Association of Educators.
Those who spoke out said teachers and students have already spoken out against Dr. Pitre; however, they are now regretting it.
A survey was put together by both representatives. It reveals that employees at the high school feel the following:
“I’ve seen him hug other female staff in inapproprite ways.”
“Dr. Pitre was sitting in a chair looking at the dancers….He was so busy looking at the girls lustfully..”
“He hugs me and draws my body into his; it’s not a professional way to hug someone. I hate it.”
“Dr. Pitre has admitted to me that he likes to motivate others through fear and intimidation.”
The EBR School System responded to these allegations made against Dr. Pitre saying:
“The East Baton Rouge Parish School System values its employees and urges anyone with a grievance or complaint to file a formal report with the Human Resources department. All formal allegations made will be investigated. We will continue to act in the best interest of our students, families, and employees.”
Dr. Pitre has yet to personally respond to the allegations made against him.