Junction City High principal suspended following board investigation

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Melissa Sharp (official photo)

Junction City High School Principal Melissa Sharp has been suspended with pay following an incident last month involving a student wearing a hijab (a head covering worn in public by Muslim women).

The board’s decision Monday was unanimous (7-0). Board President Rina Neal issued the following statement.

“The board of education has thoroughly reviewed the results of the investigation concerning the incident at Junction City High School. An acting principal will be appointed. We will use this as an opportunity to rededicate our efforts to create an inclusive environment for all. We appreciate your support of our students and school district,” she said.

The board may still take further action, but has not announced any timeline. The decision comes after a series of executive sessions over three meetings.

A student alleged Oct. 21 that Sharp told her to remove the head covering. That incident prompted a walkout by Junction City High School students the next day, which was done peacefully without incident.

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