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A Little Rock School District middle school principal was placed on paid administrative leave last week pending an investigation into an “altercation” between the administrator and a student, officials said.

Rhonda Hall, principal at Mabelvale Middle School, was placed on leave June 18, Pamela Smith, communications director for the district, confirmed Monday.

District officials said they learned June 18 of footage of an altercation between Hall and a student that reportedly took place in late January, Smith said in a statement. The district launched an investigation into the incident and contacted the Child Abuse Hotline, officials said.

Smith said that Hall was placed on paid administrative leave as officials conduct a “more thorough review of the incident.”

The district declined to comment on the nature of the January altercation, calling it a personnel issue.

“Please know that LRSD takes such matters seriously and when made aware, will investigate swiftly and thoroughly, and follow our protocols,” Smith said.

Prior to heading Mabelvale Middle School, Hall became principal at Hall High School in 2008. According to previous reporting by the Democrat-Gazette, she holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the the University of Central Arkansas and has been a district teacher and administrator since 1989.

Principals in the Little Rock School District will not be returning to work until after July 4, officials said. According to Smith, administrators will assign an interim principal to Mabelvale “sometime after that date.”

When asked about parents’ concerns regarding the welfare of children attending the middle school, Smith replied in an email, encouraging parents or others who might have information they would like to report to contact the district’s Safety and Security office, the Child Abuse Hotline, or the Little Rock Police Department.

“It remains the commitment of the Little Rock School District to provide safe, nurturing educational environments that are conducive to learning,” she wrote.


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    June 25, 2019 at 4:34 p.m.

    I don't think successful principals go from high school to middle school posts.

  • ObieOne
    June 25, 2019 at 5:27 p.m.

    I’m 100% on the side of Ms Rhonda Hall. serving as a Teacher or Principal in a public school in this day and age, they should carry Tazers and administer corporal punishment as they see fit since a large number of delinquent “parents” no longer raise kids property since they have no respect or morals themselves.
    Good Luck Ms Hall, and I hope you receive an Award and Raise for “serving our country on the front line”.

  • GeneralMac
    June 25, 2019 at 7:36 p.m.

    I agree OBIEONE.

    My WWII Vet principal is the tyoe needed today.

    Afraid of of no one !

  • LR1955
    June 25, 2019 at 8:55 p.m.

    Being a principal at Hall is bound to beat a person down. She’s been an educator with the district for 30 yrs, maybe she hoped dropping down to middle school was a way to escape the dangers of some high school environments. She make out well upon retirement.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    June 25, 2019 at 9:21 p.m.

    You people are morons.
    This could be a sex assault allegation (which most of you believe are illegitimate against females) just covered in P.C.
    But yall over here ready to militarize the poor effeminate brain-washers like you know everything because the government told you sol.

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    June 25, 2019 at 9:28 p.m.

    listening to the buzzwords "footage of altercation"
    nah this sounds like the Femenazi response to having at least one teacher/admin a month arrested for child molestation/rape to continue forever.
    Make it a jurisdictional issue.
    District sentencing, she rapes a child she wont ever face prison. nice. nice response.
    if its assault and there is footage turn it over to the cops.
    Who is being protected here? Why?
    Assault? If its on camera it wouldnt be questioned who did what.
    i smell some bullshH in the state of the classroom.
    saddened at the nearsightedness of the community

  • GeneralMac
    June 25, 2019 at 9:59 p.m.

    I knew a female teacher who taught in South Korea, New York city, and Denver.

    She wanted a challenge so sh applied and got hired at a "rough" inner city school in Minneapolis.

    She was offered a class for self defense that was mainly how to cover her head with her arms to minimize the blows and assuming a fetal position if knocked down.

    She was told at NO TIME was she allowed to strike back at a student.

    After 6 months........she left .

  • Realist40
    June 26, 2019 at 9:22 a.m.

    I don’t care what title a person holds or accolades she has received... She is still wrong! As a parent we don’t send our children to school to fight or to be disrespectful to anyone. In this day and age they have to fight back or be bullied. No one knows what happen or why that child was so upset. It is our duty to protect our children and advocate for them. As parents we are not allowed to hit our children in that manner, we are reported...some are jailed... some maybe even lose their jobs/children. If we are not in the position to punish freely neither should an administrator! What I want to know is why was the proper protocol was not followed? Why did staff members feel the need to leak the video instead of coming outright with it? They are all mandated reporters! Why did it take this freaking long? In my heart I feel that there is more underhanded things going on. I’m disappointed that an administrator that I’ve know for years lacked impulse control and allowed a child to control her actions. It saddens me to know that the stressors of her job of 30 years, has made her forget her duty as a LRSD principal. My 1st thought was self defense until I seen the video and read about the cover up. They went to the extreme to cover it up without consciously caring about their jobs! Fire any and everyone who hid this abuse! They are not loyal to the district they are loyal to Mrs. Hall!!! This child served her punishment and took responsibility for her actions and I feel Rhonda Hall should be a woman and do the same without all this drawn out commotion and the battering of a child and her mother’s parenting. I pray that she just bow out gracefully and let these kids and this school have a new and fresh start. It’s obvious that she is fed up and tired. #ConcernedParent

  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    June 26, 2019 at 1:12 p.m.


  • GlitterGranny
    June 27, 2019 at 1:57 p.m.

    WOW, it amazes me how many people on here are ready to crucify this educator. We don't know what happened, so we can't really be the judge and jury. It's entirely possible that the little middle school darling attacked the principal, and she fought back.

    UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA somehow managed to make this a sexual assault where in the article was the term "sexual assault" used. The article reads ALTERCATION. Get the facts people BEFORE you jump to crucify or vilify someone. Just because someone is under the legal age of 18, does not necessarily make them innocent.