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AJ Whittenberg principal resigns after social media posts investigation; issues statement

Preston Spratt issued a statement to WYFF News 4 following his resignation
AJ Whittenberg principal resigns after social media posts investigation; issues statement
AJ Whittenberg principal resigns after social media posts investigation; issues statement(Greenville County Schools)
Published: Oct. 19, 2021 at 10:48 AM EDT
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WIS) - The principal of AJ Whittenberg Elementary School in Greenville County has resigned.

Preston Spratt was placed on administrative leave Sept. 23 due to concerns related to a series of tweets composed in 2012 and 2013, the Greenville County School District said.

The district said the social media posts that were brought to the attention of district employees by a parent and could be perceived as insensitive to individuals living in impoverished neighborhoods.

Spratt sent WYFF News 4 a statement that included the following:

“I became a teacher because I realized that not all students had been given the same public education that I had received. I have built my career around supporting students through relationships and high expectations to increase their future opportunities. My accomplishments and hard work are well documented through the achievements of my students and the media.

“I deeply regret the insensitive tweets I made in 2012 and 2013. I do not attempt to explain them away and apologize for any pain or broken trust they caused. These old posts do not represent the educator that I am today. Since that time, I have focused on improving my leadership through trauma responsive teaching, restorative practices, and an emphasis on equity.”

District spokesman Tim Waller said Cameron Brice, who previously served as the school’s assistant administrator and program director, will serve as interim principal.

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