New Britain principal sanctioned after slow response to weapons in school

Published on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 11:38
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN – The principal of Diloreto Magnet School was disciplined following an internal investigation on how he handled an incident in April when two fourth graders brought weapons to school, officials said.

The investigation revealed that Alejandro Ortiz, the principal of the school, inappropriately delayed calling police and notifying parents, staff and students about the discovery that one fourth grader brought a knife to school on April 17 leading staff to find that another fourth grader had brought a box cutter to school, said district spokesman Matthew Cannata.

Ortiz has been disciplined, but school officials are declining to comment on what action was taken against the principal. The two students received 10-day suspensions and are back at school, Cannata said. According to district policies, the students will likely face an expulsion hearing.

Ortiz was criticized by parents for waiting a week to send out a notice to fourth grade parents about the discovery of the weapons. Police confirmed that they were notified about the weapons two days after they were found. Police are still investigating.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, on Wednesday, 16 May 2018 11:38. Updated: Wednesday, 16 May 2018 11:41.