In many respects, the latest dust-up/embarrassment at Sharpstown High School, in which students claimed Principal Rob Gasparello had hit them, has been resolved to the satisfaction of all.
Photo by Margaret Downing LULAC Attorney Alberto Ruiz thinks there's more work to be done at Sharpstown High
Houston ISD investigated and cleared Gasparello saying that "HISD Police has concluded its investigation into allegations related to Sharpstown High Principal Rob Gasparello. No evidence was found to substantiate any of the criminal allegations and the principal has been cleared to return to campus."
By this week, at least two of the students involved have moved on to Liberty High School, an HISD charter school dedicated to serving recent immigrants with limited English. So presumably these kids are in a better place and whatever did or did not go on between any of them and the Sharpstown principal will not continue.
Attorney Alberto Ruiz, legal representative for LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) in Houston and San Antonio, was involved in the case, representing two of the students involved. He says he's happy that those two are back in school and can get on with their education.
But he continues to express his belief that something is wrong about the culture at Sharpstown and that it needs to change what he sees as ill-treatment of minority students, particularly Hispanic ones with limited English.More »