HOUSTON – Students at Wheatley High School walked out Thursday to protest the transfer of a popular assistant principal Thursday, protesters said.
When the students walked outside, they were met by parents and former students who were there with signs and pictures of the assistant principal, Sandra Walker, who was transferred to Albert Thomas Middle School.
Sanders has been with Wheatley for many years and is loved, according to protesters.
According to Rep. Harold Dutton, Walker was told Wednesday she was being transferred to Thomas Middle School as part of restructuring of Wheatley school administration. Dutton said Walker had no problem with the reassignment and that she would do whatever administrators thought was best.
Walker has also applied for family leave to take care of her ailing mother, Dutton said.
The school released the following statement:
"This morning, all Wheatley High School students and staff were temporarily evacuated as a precautionary measure after a fire alarm went off. It was determined that several of our students exited the building as part of a walkout over a personnel matter. Once the Houston Fire Department cleared the building, classroom instruction and campus activities resumed. In an effort to address concerns, the principal and district officials met with community leaders and parents. We are continuing to monitor the situation to ensure the safety and well-being of the students. The safety of our students and staff is always our top priority."