RPS principal reassigned with more pay, after hazing incident

Posted at 1:27 PM, Jul 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-17 20:17:48-04

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) -- Reports that an elementary school principal allowed a fraternity hazing ritual to take place in his school's gym, had some parents very upset a few months ago.  Now we've learned that principal, after being removed from his post has been given a different position, and a pay raise.

The alleged fraternity hazing incident back in April, is said to have included men wearing G-strings and baby oil.  The episode raised a few eyebrows and concerns.

"Even though it was supposed to have been at night and whatever--still you are not supposed to do none of that," said Blackwell Elementary School parent Brian Hayes.

It was the elementary school's principal Daryl Roselle who found himself under scrutiny for allegedly allowing the late-night fraternity function at the school.

"Anybody would expect more from a principal," said Hayes. 

But Roselle's tenure with Richmond's Public Schools didn't end with the investigation.  Instead the former principal now has a new position that reportedly includes higher pay.

"To me, it's backwards," said Hayes.  "I mean with all of that you might as well left him there knowing he did all of that.  But you can put him in another position making more money?"

Tuesday CBS 6 went to the Richmond's School Board to get answers to the questions from a concerned parent.

"Why would you take somebody who did something bad at a school and put him in another position still dealing with the city?" asked Hayes.

But instead of answers, School Board officials directed us to Human Resources at City Hall.  We were then directed to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, for the public records containing Roselle's transfer.  In the end Richmond Public Schools
Public Information Office released a statement, which reads:

"Richmond Public Schools confirms that Mr. Roselle is no longer housed at Blackwell Elementary School as principal.  He has been assigned to other administrative duties for the 2012-2013 school year."

Roselle's reassignment isn't sitting well with everyone.

"It's a slap on the wrist, because now this man is making more money when he shouldn't even be at this position because of what he did in the first place," said Hayes.

Another concern not only from Hayes, but also from a School Board candidate is whether or not Roselle is qualified for his new position?  According to the Virginia Department of Education's website, Roselle has several state license endorsements.  But it does not  include any endorsements for special education.