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Harlow

WINONA, Miss. (WCBI) — A burglary by some teenagers forces an assistant principal out a job.

Sources tell WCBI that Winona High School Assistant Principal Lee Harlow has been relieved of his duties because he kept a gun in his desk at school. Schools Superintendent Dr. Randle Poss said he couldn’t comment. Police Chief Johnny Hargrove would not disclose information over the phone.

But sources tell WCBI the three teens broke into the high school twice during the Thanksgiving break. The second time, they took a laptop and other items. When they were caught, police recovered the laptop and a gun the teens said they took from Harlow’s desk.

No charges have been filed against Harlow but he no longer is employed by the district and the incident is being reported to the state Department of Education.

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  • SouthernBelle

    This is just awful! I guess we have graduated from kids taking guns to school to the administration now. These are the people we trust to keep our children safe and ensure they are in a good learning environment…

    I hope this person gets charged for bringing a gun to school just as a student would be charged. It also raises questions like: How did the other administrators and staff not know about this (I would think others knew about it)? How long was it in his desk (apparently and while, since he felt safe enough to leave it over the holiday)? Glad my child doesn’t attend that school!

    This story needs to be aired and that man needs to be brought up on charges and never let back into any school system!

    I also wonder what else goes on in that school, if this type of decision making and behavior is occurring. Funny how the powers to be had comments about the incident. Hope there is a follow-up on this story.

  • MOM of 3

    Well, Southern Belle, do you still stand by your comments. If the principal in CT had kept a gun in her desk, there would likely be far fewer deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary. I think all principals needs to be armed.

  • Crash Davis

    I, on the other hand, wish my kids had an administrator who was as well prepared as Mr. Harlow to protect my babies from fruit loops such as the one in Connecticut. Schools are at such a disadvantage to handling these cowards that come in and terrorize the place because they know these are gun free zones. While it is true that Mr. Harlow broke rules, it is unfortunate that he got caught. I wonder how many lives he would have saved if someone would have tried to pull the same stunt in his school and I wonder how many parents would be complaining if an administrator could defend their school and I wonder how many cowards would pick a school to try to terrorize if they knew the administrators might be shooting back? Comparing kids bringing guns to school to 40+ year old administrators is crazy.

  • dedmondson

    Well the teachers need to be able to protect them selves, with the
    violence that has come into the school systems.

  • Brenda

    I totally agree with Crash Davis!

  • Edward Isabell

    Mom of 3.. That’s ridiculous. You can’t compare these two scenarios. If the Principal in Ct. would have had a gun, it’s likey that the same thing would have occured, so faculty members carrying weapons will not solve anything… Leave that stuff to security or police officers, and let the administration worry about educating these students…

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