CMS principal sparks new hidden cam controversy

CMS principal sparks new hidden cam controversy

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on October 13, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 13 at 6:02 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- What had been named Villa Heights last year is now Irwin Avenue Elementary School, and while the name has changed, the controversial principal, David Legrand, is still there.

It was Legrand who last year was using glasses with a hidden camera and microphone built in to tape teachers.  He said it was part of their classroom evaluations, and he needed to tape them because he had a bad memory.

At the time last year CMS spokesperson Latarzja Henry said the glasses were not a problem.

"The idea behind that is to provide the most unobtrusive way to record without disrupting students,” she said at the time.

The new issue with Legrand involves him telling teachers that they now should also record themselves either with his glasses or with a flip-cam.

Again, he says it will be part of their evaluation. However, according to an email sent to NewsChannel 36, Legrand is said to have told the teachers that if they refuse to tape themselves then they would be subjected to his "poor memory."

"Actually I would take that as a threat to teachers," said Judy Kidd of the Classroom Teachers Association.

"What he is actually saying is if you don't agree to let me videotape you, then maybe my memory won't be quite so vivid as to what I see and what I remember,"  Kidd said.

A spokesperson for CMS denied any threat was made by Legrand, who did not return a phone call from NewsChannel 36.

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